Looking at the Seahawks’ decision on Tuesday to trade their franchise quarterback, Russell Wilson, to the Broncos for a series of picks and players, we must first decide whether to take this line from general manager John Schneider at the literally.

“We want our fans to feel like we have a chance to win this thing every year.”

Those were Schneider’s words Wednesday morning, spoken as he was pressed against a wall while surrounded by a handful of reporters inside the JW Marriott in Indianapolis. Less than a week later, news broke that Schneider and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll had agreed to send Wilson and a fourth-round pick to Denver in exchange for two first-round picks, two picks second-round pick, a fifth-round pick, quarterback. Drew Lock, defensive lineman Shelby Harris and tight end Noah Fant, league sources have confirmed to The Athletic.

It’s unclear exactly which picks Seattle acquired in Denver’s 2022 draft, which has picks at numbers 9, 40 and 64. The Seahawks were originally scheduled to pick twice in the top 100, at picks 41 and 72. After traded Wilson and taken on three new contracts, the Seahawks are working with about $35 million of cap space, according to Over the Cap (they’re eating $26 million in dead money on Wilson’s deal).

Suppose Schneider believes his statement. That would be a safe guess considering the moves he and Carroll have made over the years. Since the spring of 2013, they’ve traded premium capital for Percy Harvin, Jimmy Graham, Sheldon Richardson, Duane Brown, Jadeveon Clowney and Jamal Adams, not to mention mid-season trades for veterans Quandre Diggs and Carlos Dunlap. Seattle’s goal has always been to build what it perceives to be a championship-caliber roster each season.

But that’s exactly what makes this move so confusing, at least based on current information. It’s my understanding that the Seahawks may not be done moving, and I wouldn’t even rule out a second move to land a new quarterback (although nothing is imminent). Until that happens, however, Seattle’s roster appears to be in shambles, with few options to be a contender in 2022.

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