10 Seattle Seahawks we wish stuck around longer
Every Seahawks fan has at least one player or coach in mind that they wish they could have seen them stick around longer. Whether their time in Seattle was cut short due to injury, or they blossomed once they departed, there’s that “the one that got away” feeling attached to their name. It is probably hurting you now just thinking about it, isn’t it?
Here are 10 Seattle Seahawks we wish stuck around longer.
Everyone remembers the incredible catch he made against Green Bay to send the Seahawks back to the Super Bowl to face off against the Patriots. He became the hero of the game that day and a game that the city of Seattle will never forget.
Years later, Kearse was traded for a second-round choice in the 2018 draft to the Jets for defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson (who only played for Seattle for a few months before he signed with Minnesota).
As of now, Kearse is currently a free agent and on the market. If the Seahawks don’t get the receiver they are looking for in this year's draft, could we see the return of one Jermaine Kearse? He has talked about wanting to make a return, and I am sure the city of Seattle would welcome him with open arms.
A lot of fantastic memories were made with Richard Sherman and what he did during his time with the Seahawks. But all that all came to an abrupt halt when he ruptured his Achilles in 2017, and then was released by the organization in 2018. The media said Sherman would never be the same player after this injury. An Achilles rupture is a serious deal.
However, after becoming his own agent and signing with the 49ers in March of 2018, he has sparked back his career and looks to be playing the game still at a high level. So much so, he helped lead the San Fransisco 49ers to this year’s Super Bowl against the Kanas City Chiefs.
Were the Seahawks wrong for letting Richard Sherman go and not believing he could come back at play at a high level? Most would yes, but an Achilles injury is no joking matter.
It would have been great to see Sherman retire a Seahawk for life, instead of going to San Francisco and become a rival of the 12’s.
One of the most iconic players of the Legion of Boom era. Doug Baldwin’s career was ultimately cut short due to sustaining a number of injuries that required surgery in 2018.
Baldwin couldn’t play through those injuries and pass the physical, so the Seahawks had to let him go. Baldwin’s career ended at 30 years old.
If Baldwin had not suffered those injuries and was still playing, I could truly see him thriving in this offense with Metlcalf and Lockett both on the field with him.
Your health is always more important at the end of the day.
Beast mode’s career with the Seahawks is one of legendary preparation, but will he make a return back to the organization this year?
After taking a 14-month absence from the NFL last year, Lynch returned to Seattle in Week 17 and played in three games, including the two playoff matchups against Philadelphia and Green Bay in January.
Beast Mode rushed 30 times for just 67 yards, but he produced four touchdowns replacing injured backs Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny. In addition, the five-time Pro Bowler also caught two of his three targets for 25 yards, including a 20-yard reception coming against the Eagles in the wild card round.
He seems Marshawn doesn’t know how to slow down or quit playing the game of football. Bringing him back this year would get fans excited and ready to see what more he has left in the tank.
You could make an argument that Max Unger was the best protection Russell Wilson has ever had in his seven-year career with the Seahawks. I mean, they won a super bowl with him at center.
Unger spent six seasons with the Seahawks, starting 67 games and making two Pro Bowls. He was also named an All-Pro in 2012.
Unger was famously traded, along with a first-round pick, to the Saints in exchange for a fourth-round pick and tight end Jimmy Graham. Graham never quite lived up to his potential in Seattle, although he earned two Pro Bowl selections before signing with the Packers.
Unger retired last year, spending his last four seasons with the Saints. He only played 10 years in the NFL.
The Seahawks' biggest weakness right now, obviously, is the O-line. If Unger was still with Seattle, I don’t think we would be saying that right now.
Earl Thomas and the Seahawks left on very, very sour terms. Like, flipping off head coach Pete Carrol after he broke his leg in his last game in a Seahawks uniform, sour. But, there would be no such thing as the Legion of Boom without him being a huge part of it.
Thomas had a pretty solid season with the Ravens last season. Having 38 combined tackles, two interceptions, four pass deflections, two sacks, and one forced fumble, the Step is still there., The Seahawks could still be using Earl Thomas on the defensive side of the ball if things didn’t turn out the way they did.
The “hammer” and the enforcer of the legion of boom. When Kam Chancellor hit someone, you would feel bad for the poor guy. When he hit you, he really hit you.
Playing only eight years in the NFL and all for the Seahawks, his career was cut short due to a nerve injury in his neck. A scary injury for any defensive player who likes to really hit hard.
Another defensive legend whose career was cut short due to injury. The Seahawks now would love to have him at the leader role for this defense. Mainly consisting of new and fresh faces on that side of the ball. The Seahawks and the city of Seattle wish he was still playing and making those highlight defense moments for them to this day.
Kenney Easley was THE safety for the Seahawks before you ever heard of Kam Chancellor or Earl Thomas. Easley took home AFC Defensive Rookie of the Year award in 1981, AFC Defensive Player of the Year in 1983 and NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1984.
He was the rare defensive back to combine intimidation, sure tackling and elite ball-hawking skills.
His career was a short one, it ended with a messy Seahawks divorce after a failed physical revealed a severely damaged kidney, which Easley attributed to high doses of pain killers. He only played 6 years in the league. The Seahawks never saw him at his prime, which would have been scary with the numbers he was already putting up.
Ricardo Lockett suffered a brutal and terrifying neck injury in the first game of 2015 against the Cowboys. An injury that ultimately forced him into cutting his career short.
Only 4 years into his professional career, Lockett could have been a vital piece to a receiving core looking for a 3rd option right now. With a few more years under his belt, Lockett could have made a difference with his speed and height.
Lofa Tatupu was the defensive centerpiece for the Seattle Seahawks in their first-ever Super Bowl in 2005. Also that year, he led the team in tackles and earned himself a trip to the Pro Bowl. By the way, 2005 was his rookie year.
During his first three seasons in Seattle, Tatupu led the Seahawks in tackles and establishing himself as one of the more prominent LBs in pro football. He also earned three consecutive trips to the Pro Bowl and one All-Pro selection.
In 2009, he suffered from a torn pectoral muscle, which in turn limited his play and he had himself a slow year. He did, however, have a solid 2010 season en route back to his old self
The Seahawks missed on an opportunity to see Lufa get back to his old self when they released him in 2011.