Three years ago, the Seahawks basically traded Paxton Lynch to the highest bidder, which brought them an extra third-round pick in the draft. And now, after the quarterback flamed out in Denver, the Hawks have Lynch, too.
Maybe they just missed having a guy named Lynch on their team.
Coming out of Memphis, Lynch was a popular draft target late in the first round of the 2016 draft, which is why the Hawks got such a great deal from Denver — dropping five spots and adding a third as the Broncos moved up to get the quarterback.
Seattle ended up with Germain Ifedi at 31st overall and Nick Vannett with the third-rounder (94). Both finally turned into key contributors for Seattle this past season.
Lynch, meanwhile, sat out 2018 after the Broncos cut him just before the season. He worked out for the Seahawks in October, one of several tryouts he had (Buffalo, Washington, Jacksonville, Miami) during the season.
The Broncos were quick to give up on Lynch, who went 1-3 in four starts over two years, with four interceptions and a lowly 76.7 passer rating. Of course, he worked under three offensive coordinators in his two years in Denver — never a stable situation for any young quarterback.
At 6-7, Lynch towers over the 5-11 Russell Wilson. But he shares the same strong arm and good scrambling ability. He’s still an obvious project, but the Hawks can get him in their program in April and see whether he fits their system.
Lynch could replace Brett Hundley, a 2018 trade acquisition (for a sixth-rounder) who will be a free agent and might try to find a spot that pays him more than the minimum. The Hawks like to stay cheap at the position, especially considering Wilson has never missed a start in seven seasons.
Since coaching itself out of the playoffs, Seattle has quietly been taking flyers on guys to compete at positions that are scheduled to be vacated by free agents — adding kicker Sam Ficken to replace Sebastian Janikowski, run-stopping tackle Jamie Meder to fill in the roster spot of Shamar Stephen, and Lynch to replace either Hundley or 2018 rookie Alex McGough, who recently signed with Jacksonville.
Don’t be surprised to see Seattle patrol the streets for non-rostered defensive ends, linebackers, safeties and guards over the next few weeks.