It’s been a long journey for the Seattle Seahawks. The franchise has been on a roller-coaster ride ever since they joined the NFL in the late 1970’s. Even if they’ve only made it to the promised land a few times, they’ve had their fare share of glory years and behind these successful seasons were a few of the most powerful offensive weapons to ever play in the NFL. Let’s take a look at the best wide receivers in Seattle Seahawks history.
5. Joey Galloway (1995-1999)
Ohio native Joey Galloway is arguably one of the best receivers to ever wear the Seahawks’ colors. Galloway was drafted as Seattle’s eight overall pick in the 1995 NFL Draft and made an immediate impact for the Seahawks’ offense, setting different franchise records as a rookie. He went on to play five solid seasons as Seattle’s main receiving option. In 1999, he was traded to the Dallas Cowboys and officially ended his career in Seattle with 283 receptions for 37 touchdowns and 4,457 yards. His franchise total still currently rank as the sixth most yards in the team history.
4. Brian Blades (1988-1998)
Former Pro Bowler Brian Blades to this day remains one of the most successful receivers in Seahawks history. Drafted by Seattle in 1988, he would go on to compete for the franchise for all of his 11 seasons in the league. He would make the Pro Bowl and be selected as an All-Pro in just his second year in the league. Unfortunately, there was a ton off-field drama that marred Blades on-field professional career. In 1996, he was charged with murder for the death of his cousin but charges were later reversed and the wide receiver was ultimately acquitted. Controversies aside, Blades still stands as one of the best WRs for Seattle tallying in 34 touchdowns (sixth all-time) and 7,620 yards (second all-time).
3. Darrel Jackson (2000-2006)
It took some time before wide receiver Darrel Jackson made a name for himself in Seattle. After being drafted in the third round of the 2000 NFL Draft, he would go on to play a few mediocre seasons for the team. It was in the 2004 season when Jackson finally broke out and set a franchise record of 87 receptions. Though the Seahawks failed to win a Lombardi against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XL, Jackson still had a solid outing in his first ever championship match. He tied the Super Bowl record for most receptions in the first quarter with five. He finished his career with Seattle in 2006 without a ring, but still managed to tally 6,445 yards in just 96 games.
2. Doug Baldwin (2011-2018)
Undrafted free agent Doug Baldwin was quite a lucky charm for the Seahawks. Baldwin immediately led the team in reception in yards early in his career and would be pivotal in Seattle’s journey en route to another Super Bowl stint in 2013. The two-time Pro Bowler balled out for the Seahawks against the Denver Broncos and led the team’s receivers with five receptions, 66 yards and a TD to lead the franchise to its first-ever Super Bowl crown. Before an early retirement in 2019, Baldwin was able to record a total of 6,563 yards and 49 touchdowns which ranks third and second all-time for Seattle, respectively.
1. Steve Largent (1976-1989)
Hall of Fame receiver Steve Largent rounds out our list as undoubtedly the best WR to ever play for the ‘Hawks. Largent was a pioneering member of the Seahawks as they joined the NFL in 1976. He was Seattle’s first ever Pro Bowler when he was selected to the All-Star game in 1978 and was selected six more times in his 14-year career with the Seahawks. He is the all-time leader in terms of yards and touchdowns for the franchise and his 13,809 yards and 100 touchdowns seems to be safe in the top spot for years to come.