A day after securing the first championship in franchise history, the Seahawks opened as the odds-on favorites to win next year’s Super Bowl. According to website Bovada.lv, Seattle currently has 9/2 odds to repeat as NFL champions next season, while the 49ers rank second at 15/2 and the Broncos place third at 8/1. Here’s more on the champs:
- Since Russell Wilson still has a cheap cap number for two more years, GM John Schneider is in a great spot to keep adding complementary players around him, or at least to keep the current core intact, writes ESPN.com’s Dan Graziano. “Obviously, we feel like we have a really strong foundation,” Schneider said. “Every team’s looking for a great pass rush, a great quarterback and a strong runner like Marshawn [Lynch].”
- Adam Schefter of ESPN.com agrees that the Seahawks have a bright future, suggesting that the club is “very well-positioned” to keep its important players under contract going forward.
- In an Insider-only piece for ESPN.com, Mike Sando takes a look at the keys for the Seahawks if they want this Super Bowl win to be the start of a dynasty. In Sando’s view, Seattle’s priorities should include developing the passing game, improving the offensive line, extending the right players, and keeping the draft pipeline open.
- Taking into account tenders for restricted free agents and exclusive rights players, the Seahawks currently project to be about $4MM above the anticipated salary cap for 2014, according to cap expert Joel Corry (via Twitter). Teams have until March 11 to get under the cap for the ’14 season.