Seahawks makes touching decision to Quarterback  Sam Howell after big money Trading

Seahawks Make Decision on Starting Quarterback After Sam Howell Trade

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Despite trading for Sam Howell, the Seattle Seahawks are making it clear that Geno Smith is still the team’s starting quarterback. During his weekly radio show on Seattle Sports, general manager John Schneider revealed that Howell was not acquired to compete with Smith to be the team’s QB1.

“Geno is the guy and Sam will be backing him up,” Schneider noted during a March 14, 2024 interview with “Wyman and Bob.”

Schneider was later asked whether the Seahawks would have a quarterback competition. The Seahawks GM admitted Howell is a “competitive guy” while adding there are no plans for an open competition.

“[Howell] is a competitive guy … I’m sure there’s competition, but as of right now it’s not like we’re signing him to go and compete with Geno to be the starter,” Schneider noted.

There may not be a quarterback controversy, but it is significant that the Seahawks gave up assets for Howell. This was a move made with the future in mind, but the pressure on Smith could ramp up depending how next season plays out.

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Seattle moved down from the third to the fourth round (No. 78 to No. 102). The Seahawks also moved out of the fifth round to the sixth round (No. 152 to No. 179).The Seahawks had an out in Smith’s deal this offseason. Yet, Seattle has already made it clear that the team plans for the two-time Pro Bowler to be part of the roster in 2024. Head coach Mike Macdonald has been less steadfast about Smith’s role as the team’s starting quarterback moving forward.

“Seahawks coach Mike Macdonald was asked on @933KJR whether he’s made up his mind on a starting quarterback,” The Athletic’s Michael-Shawn Dugar noted in a March 8 message on X. “Macdonald said he’s excited for Geno Smith to get in the building and start working with the staff. Mike didn’t really commit to Geno as the starter.”

Smith still has two seasons remaining on a three-year, $75 million contract. The Pro Bowler is slated to have a $12.7 million salary and $26.4 million cap hit in 2024. Smith’s cap hit escalates to $38.5 million in 2025.

Howell is on a team-friendly four-year, $4 million rookie deal. The quarterback still has two seasons remaining on this contract with just a $985,000 cap hit for 2024.


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