Seattle Seahawks: Five players poised to have career years

What does the future hold?

With all of their offseason acquisitions, expectations for the Seattle Seahawks are sky high.  For some, anything less than a Super Bowl appearance will be considered failure.

While collectively I don’t think the Seahawks will meet such expectations, there are a few players I feel with have career years – and no, Russell Wilson is not on this list.

Golden Tate, WR

Even though the Seahawks’ wide receiver group expanded with the addition of Percy Harvin, look for Golden Tate to have a career year.  He may not put up the best numbers on the team, but with his rookie contract set to expire soon, everything will be on the line and Tate will deliver.

A legit talent who will see a lot of time on the outside, look for Tate to make a major impact this year on both the offense and special teams.

Antoine Winfield, CB

In his 15th year in the league, the free-agent pickup from the Minnesota Vikings will find playing with the Legion of Boom is like drinking from the fountain of youth.  With all the talent surrounding him, he will be able to simply focus on making plays.

Bobby Wagner

Bobby Wagner is the real deal. (Photo: Ron Chenoy/US PRESSWIRE)

Look for him to match or beat his single-season career high in interceptions (4) and passes defended (14).

Bobby Wagner, MLB

While all the talk in Seattle centers around Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor and Chris Clemons, the best career may come from a member of the linebacker group.

While definitely taking full advantage of the talent in front of and behind him, Bobby Wagner is the real deal.  His instincts and consistent performance continually put him in a position to make plays drive after drive and game after game.

Russell Okung, LT

After earning his first Pro Bowl appearance last year, Russell Okung’s best years are still to come.  Both physical and patient, Okung is a perfect fit for Seattle’s offense, and he is the anchor of the line.

His ability to get to the second level and lateral agility make him perfect in the read-option.  A top-5 left tackle in 2012, look for him to become top 3 in 2013.

Russell Wilson, QB

Ok, so I lied earlier. Wilson is on this list.

While I don’t think this will be the best year of his career, and I don’t think he will live up to all the fan expectations, I do think he will improve on last year.  Think about it, Wilson was handcuffed for the first half of the season as the coaching staff patiently brought him along.  He had the benefit of gaining experience on the job, while not being asked to do too much.

When he was finally cut free, he excelled. 

He won’t play 16 perfect games, but he will continue his forward progression.


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