On Wednesday, it was reported that the Seattle Seahawks were exploring the trade market for wide receiver Jermaine Kearse, whose place on the roster has been put in doubt arguably since the team drafted Amara Darboh in the third-round of this year’s NFL Draft.
As of Thursday, it looks as if Kearse has some company. Ian Rapoport wrote that Jeremy Lane and Alex Collins have also been added to the field of players the Seahawks are looking at trading.
#Seahawks continue to actively gauge trade values, with talks involving CB Jeremy Lane, RB Alex Collins & WR Jermaine Kearse, sources say.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 31, 2017
There’s no guarantee that any of these guys will actually be gone via trade, and if they aren’t, you have to figure that their chances of making the 53-man squad are not favorable. Post-publish edit: On second thought, with Lane’s $4 million guaranteed salary, he probably wouldn’t be cut if he isn’t traded.
Collins is a certain goner, having managed zero offensive touches in last week’s win over Kansas City, so there’s probably no point in entertaining any scenario where he’s still with the Seahawks on September 2nd. As a fifth-round selection in 2016 with otherwise minimal contributions on the field, I’m not really sure any team is going to trade for the former Arkansas Razorback.
Lane is a more interesting story. He signed a four-year, $23 million extension following the 2015 season, and much like Jermaine Kearse, Lane didn’t play particularly well last year. His cap hit for 2017 is $5.25 million, which is only $250,000 less than A.J. Bouye and over $160,000 more than Casey Hayward, who is arguably one of the better DBs in the NFL. That Lane is reportedly being shopped may be an indicator that the Seahawks are high on rookie Shaquill Griffin, who was supposed to be in competition with Lane for a starting spot. There’s also the recent signing of Tramaine Brock, and let’s not forget that Deshawn Shead is scheduled to return later in the season.
Lots of interesting roster news swirling around the Seahawks organization, but will any trade materialize? We’ll soon find out.