Colin Cowherd sees the Seahawks as the perfect match for Aaron Rodgers in 2023

According to pro football fan Colin Cowherd, the Seattle Seahawks fit perfectly with Aaron Rodgers in 2023.

Do not laugh.

He meant business.

And Cowherd says: “This is (his) best recording ever.”

The video is almost 4 minutes long and… WOW!

As easy as it is to smack Cowherd’s attitude as “more of the same” (crazy stupid stuff he spews), I’ll break his attitude down a bit.

Seattle’s QB options for 2023

Seattle basically has three options when it comes to next year’s quarterback position:

  • Option A for Seattle in 2023: Re-sign Geno Smith, pay him a lot of money and hope his performance in 2022 wasn’t a fluke or a one-time thing.
  • Option B: Design a rookie signal caller and pray that he’s one of those who pulls through (as opposed to the high percentage who don’t). and that he is NFL-ready from day one.
  • Option C: Trade against an experienced QB (or sign one in Free Agency).

According to Colin Cowherd, Option A and Option B are risky (and something a 70-year-old coach would want to avoid), while Option C seems to make perfect sense…at least for him.

Geno vs Aaron in 2022

Believe it or not, the stats support Cowherd’s attitude.

  • Geno Smith (2022): 10 games, 230 of 316 passes (72.8%) for 2,474 yards (247.4 per game, 7.8 per attempt, 10.8 per completion) with 17 TDs (5.4%) , 4 INTs (1.3%) and a passer rating of 108.0
  • Aaron Rodgers (2022): 11 games, 243 of 376 passes (64.6%) for 2,542 yards (231.1 per game, 6.8 per attempt, 10.5 per completion) with 19 TDs (5.1%) , 7 INTs (1.9%) and a passer rating of 93.2

Keep in mind that 2022 is generally considered a “down” year for Aaron Rodgers and a “can’t believe this is real” year for Geno Smith.

There’s also a significant difference between the skill players each quarterback is playing with that year.

The financial aspect

Stats aside, there’s the question of salary + cap and how much of that the Seahawks plan to spend on the quarterback position in 2023 (and beyond).

  • Rookie QB = relatively cheap
  • Geno Smith = TBD, but is expected to be in the neighborhood of $30 million per season on a 2 or 3 year deal
  • Aaron Rodgers = PRICEY, and with a contract this complex, OTC felt the need to do it write an article about it (Resume: It could cost Seattle nearly $60 million against the cap for a single season with the prickly.)

Seattle has the necessary resources

The last thing to consider here is compensation – i.e. what would it take Seattle to acquire Aaron-freaking-Rodgers?

Per Cowherd, a first-round pick (we’ve got two), a second-round pick (we’ve got two), and a willingness to accept Rodgers’ contract would likely make it.

In the worst case an R1, an R2 and an R4.

Rare praise for Seattle

Aside from the stats, the salaries and the utter stupidity of Seattle spending valuable draft capital to trade against a QB who is at best Geno Smith is equal this year…

Colin Cowherd actually has some nice things to say about Seattle, including:

  • They nailed the design this year

    Yes, the 12s already know that, but as soon as Cowherd mentions that as one of the parameters for his “best take ever,” the person he’s talking to on his show immediately knows which team he’s talking about — which is cool to see .

    Note: “The person he’s talking to” could be a guest, his co-host, or a producer; I have no idea which one because I don’t watch his show often enough to tell the difference.

  • Seattle has two star tackles and a running back that “they don’t have to pay” (i.e., star players on rookie contracts), plus a star cornerback (two cornerbacks) that “they don’t have to pay.”
  • Pete Carroll is a better coach than Matt LaFleur — and ‘it’s nowhere near’
  • Aaron Rodgers “might be living in a tent out in Kirkland” and “drinking psychedelic tea on the weekends.”

Yes, the last one made me smile.

FTR’s opinion:


No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no!

And in case that wasn’t clear…


My advice for John Schneider, Pete Carroll, et al. is (a) re-sign Geno and/or draft a rookie QB; (b) under no circumstances consider trading for a quarterback; (c) Use the 2023 draft picks for suitable cost-controlled players who will be on the team for years to come; and (d) allow Aaron to complete his career in Green Bay, whether this year, next year, or the year after.

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