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NFL Trade Rumors: Vincent Jackson, Chris Clemons, others connected to Seahawks

Kevin C. Cox

The NFL Trade deadline is Tuesday, and with realistic Playoff contenders separating themselves from those teams that are clearly looking to rebuild, there's always the chance that some trades will be made.

One such team looking to potentially offload a higher-priced, veteran player is the Buccaneers with receiver Vincent Jackson. Jackson is probably the biggest name on the market right now, and the Seahawks are one of several teams that have been linked to him. Per Ian Rapoport:

"They (Eagles and Seahawks) are making calls, and I'm told they are not alone. The name to focus on for the trade deadline: Vincent Jackson. He is, from what I understand, generating more phone calls than anyone. You mentioned the Seahawks, you mentioned the Eagles, the Patriots are also among the more than four teams calling for the star No. 1 receiver. From what I understand, the Bucs would be willing to trade Vincent Jackson -- who's making $10 million this year and set to make as much next year -- for the right price. So what would that be? A second-round pick. One of those teams is willing to offer a second-round pick, I would think this trade gets done. (The Bucs) might actually take a third, too."

Now, would the Seahawks have interest in the 31-year old outside, deep threat? Possibly, but probably not for a 2nd round pick. For a third? This seems more likely. They are rumored to have pursued him a few years back when he hit the free agent market and Pete Carroll and John Schneider have consistently talked about trying to find or develop a big receiver in Jackson's mold. His numbers have not been good this year as Tampa Bay continues to struggle (26 catches for 257 and 2 touchdowns), but his YPC is still strong (13.7) and he's coming off of a 2013 season where he caught 78 passes for 1,224 yards and 7 touchdowns with a 15.7 YPC.

It seems likely that the 6'5, 230 pound Jackson would be a nice fit in the Seahawks' offense as a deep, go-up-and-get-it redzone threat, something that they don't really have in spades right now outside of Jermaine Kearse and the developing Kevin Norwood. If you saw some of the passes that Kelvin Benjamin came down with yesterday on the sideline and over the middle, that's a fair comparison to the type of dynamic that a guy like Jackson brings. That said, it's a steep price to pay for a guy that's 31 years old and due a big chunk of money.

We shall see.

CBS' Jason La Canfora also believes the Seahawks will look to add a pass rusher and speculates that Jacksonville's Chris Clemons or New York's Antwan Barnes could be options. La Canfora also links guys like Jared Cook, Pierre Garcon, and Devin Hester to the Seahawks, who, he says, are always very active on the phones prior to the deadline.

Stay tuned...