• Pete Carroll bares that the Seahawks will not trade for a quarterback
  • Carroll may take chance first on Drew Lock and Geno Smith
  • The Seahawks may instead take in a play-caller from the free-agent market

The Seattle Seahawks have a huge void at quarterback following the exit of Russell Wilson.

But it appears that they will pin their hopes on Drew Lock and Geno Smith unless coach Pete Carroll is bluffing.

Carroll addressed the questions regarding their quarterback situation.

Although most anticipate an NFL trade to happen, it appears that Seattle may not be going that route.

“I don’t see us making a trade for anybody at all. I don’t see that happening,” Carroll stated to ESPN’s Brady Henderson.

If this is the case, any hope of seeing either Baker Mayfield of the Cleveland Browns or Jimmy Garoppolo of the San Francisco 49ers end up in Seattle may have likely been shot down.

Baker Mayfield Cleveland Browns
Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns carries the ball during the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 23, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. Jason Miller/Getty Images

Mayfield and Garoppolo are two play-callers rumored to be moving to a new NFL team at some point, logically to a team in need of a quarterback.

Hence, it appears Carroll will try to see how Lock and Smith can respond to fill in that quarterback void.

The Seahawks could have taken in a quarterback at the 2022 NFL Draft. Seattle had nine selections to use.

Their picks during the 2022 NFL Draft were:

  • OT Charles Cross (Round 1, No. 9)
  • LB Boye Mafe (Round 2, No. 40)
  • RB Kennet Walker (Round 2, No. 41)
  • OT Abraham Lucas (Round 3, No. 72)
  • CB Coby Bryant (Round 4, No. 109)
  • CB Tariq Woolen (Round 5, No. 153)
  • LB Tyreke Smith (Round 5, No. 158)
  • WR Bo Melton (Round 7, No. 229)
  • WR Dareke Young (Round 7, No. 233)

Mayfield and Garoppolo would have made sense in Seattle although getting them is a bit complicated--given the situation of the two NFL play-callers.

There is also a possibility that Carroll could be keeping things close to his chest, meaning acquiring a quarterback may still happen.

If not via trade, getting one may have to be via the free-agent market.

One name that has been linked to the Seahawks is Colin Kaepernick.

But being out of NFL action since 2016, the best the 34-year-old can hope for is a backup quarterback job.

Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks talks with Russell Wilson
Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks talks with Russell Wilson Getty Images | Steph Chambers