Drew Lock relishes the chance to make a fresh start with the Seahawks

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FILE – Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock (3) passes against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half of an NFL football game on January 8, 2022 in Denver. Lock says he’s relishing the chance to get a fresh start to his career after his trade to the Seattle Seahawks. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)

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Drew Lock entered the offseason expecting a change and was ready for a new opportunity outside of Denver.

He became one of the biggest trades of the offseason when he was acquired by the Seattle Seahawks as part of the deal that sent Russell Wilson to the Broncos.

“I was ready for something to happen, and then when I found out that was what happened, I was really, really excited,” Lock said Monday. “Excited for a fresh start. Nice to come over and compete for a starting job.

For now, Lock seems like the likely starter for next season. The only other quarterback on Seattle’s roster is Jacob Eason, although the team has discussed bringing back Geno Smith.

Lock, who is about to start his fourth season, said nothing is guaranteed and he expects to face open competition when Seattle’s offseason program begins.

“Nothing was promised, as I would like,” Lock said. “I would like them to come here and tell me that I have to deserve it. Tell me to come in and work. Tell me I have to come in and compete. I need to play well. There are a lot of things I need to do to show this organization that I should be the one taking these shots, but at the moment nothing is promised.

While that may be the case, Lock’s new bosses have said a lot to lay the groundwork if the Seahawks were to pick the 25-year-old as their quarterback. Lock has started 21 of 24 career games but has been inconsistent in his first three seasons. He showed flashes of great potential while making some head-scratching mistakes.

Both general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll had high praise for Lock.

“We have a ton of confidence in Drew. We’re thrilled, we’re excited about a change of scenery for him,” Schneider said. “I know a few of my buddies tried to acquire it all last spring and fall. He’s a guy that I think the media beat up a bit. We’re excited to bring him into our culture with our coaching staff, and we’ll continue to look for guys to compete with him.

Seattle had shown interest in Lock when he was coming out of Missouri. Lock recalled his meeting with the Seahawks at the NFL combine, although Seattle ended up passing him in the first round. Denver won Lock with the 10th second-round pick in 2019.

Lock said he had an idea then of what he is likely to experience now playing for Carroll.

“It was fun…you felt the energy (of Carroll) there,” Lock said. “Even as a beginner. You’re not even on their team and you feel the energy and it feels like a place you want to go and play.

Lock also understands the situation he finds himself in as a potential replacement for Wilson after all the success he’s had in his 10 seasons with the Seahawks. At this point, Lock selected No. 2 for his jersey number with the Seahawks after wearing No. 3 at the University of Missouri and with the Broncos.

Lock said it was a nod to respecting what Wilson had accomplished in Seattle.

“You wouldn’t wear (No.) 18 in Indianapolis. You won’t wear (#12) in Green Bay. It’s a sign of respect for him from me,” Lock said. “But also at the same time, I want to write my own story here.”

PENNY RETURNS

Running back Rashaad Penny also spoke on Monday after signing a one-year contract worth up to $6.5 million to return to the Seahawks. Penny is coming off the best season of her career and was the league’s most productive running back in the final month of the season.

He said he gave his agents guidelines on what he wanted in free agency, but his preference was a return to Seattle.

“It just felt like home. I was more comfortable here,” Penny said. “I think I had a rhythm and a groove with the attacking guys. So it was a no-brainer for me to know where to come back.

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