SEATTLE – The Seahawks may not be cutting players yet, but they certainly are trying to trade them.
The Seahawks are on a hunt for mid-round picks after putting reserve running back, Alex Collins on the trading block. But there are more familiar players on the trading block. Starting cornerback Jeremy Lane is also on the trading block, along with Washington native, wide receiver Jermaine Kearse. As reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
This is a good sign for Seahawks fans. It may be sad to see these well-known players go, but this could translate into a better team because of newer talent. Kearse is likely being pushed out by third-year receiver, Tyler Lockett, who’s been playing well. Lane will always be remembered for intercepting Tom Brady in the Superbowl, but third round pick, Shaquill Griffin, has looked sharp all preseason. Lastly, Collins is likely losing his job to Chris Carson, who’s been arguably the biggest surprise for the Seahawks this preseason.
Trading players for draft picks is a much better option than just cutting them, usually over-valued contracts are what keep teams from trading, but none of the players on the block have unreasonable deals. Teams may be enticed by a trade offer because it guarantees a player on their team instead of trying to guess who will be cut and making a move from there.
Seattle has a recent history of drafting extremely well with mid- round draft picks. Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman were both taken fifth round respectively. Russell Wilson and Cliff Avril were both third round picks. Not to mention the overwhelming stockpile of undrafted free agents who have become stars, including Doug Baldwin and Michael Bennett. Any acquisition from these trades could make the team significantly better. The Seahawks know this, and they’re patiently waiting for a trade partner.