The Seattle Seahawks have made a trade, it’s just not one anyone was expecting — and it’s certainly not the “splash” that everyone was expecting. Not that the splash isn’t coming next.
The Seahawks have sent a late round pick to the New England Patriots for cornerback Justin Coleman. The 24-year-old was on Seattle’s practice squad in 2015, where the Patriots quickly scooped him up and put him on their 53-man roster. Coleman was the team’s third corner in 2015 but played sparingly last season, including being inactive for New England’s Super Bowl win over the Atlanta Falcons.
Undrafted out of Tennessee in 2015, Coleman spent time with the Minnesota Vikings before signing with the Patriots, then going to Seattle, then back to New England, and now back on the Seahawks. He ran a 4.53 at the NFL Combine, measuring in at 5’11, 185 lbs, and just 31.25” arms -- Seattle typically has a benchmark of 32” arms for their cornerbacks, but possibly are more lenient when that corner is playing inside.
The acquisition of Coleman comes on the heels of a bad break for DeAndre Elliott, who was carted off the field in the Seahawks win over the Oakland Raiders on Thursday night. Though Michael Lombardi claims the deal was in place before last night’s game, which would make some sense still because Elliott was no lock to make the team:
Seattle has always liked Coleman and the deal was in place before the game last night. Now official.— Michael Lombardi (@mlombardiNFL) September 1, 2017
By giving up a draft pick for him, it seems likely that Coleman will be on the 53-man roster come Saturday afternoon. Teams until have 1 PM PST tomorrow to make their final cuts.