After three seasons of up and down play, the Seattle Seahawks are ending their professional relationship with defensive end Cassius Marsh, sending him to the New England Patriots. It’s fitting for, if no other reason, that the Seahawks and Patriots seem to be trading players like Halloween candy this week.
Marsh, a fourth round pick out of UCLA in 2014, has three career sacks, all of which came last season. He has been a standout on special teams but was inconsistent as a defensive player and barely played as a rookie. He has made 18 tackles in each of the last two years, many of which came on special teams. With the acquisition of Sheldon Richardson and the breakout trajectory of Frank Clark, Marsh’s place on the defensive line just got buried deeper and deeper as time went on.
Now that he’ll be a free agent in 2018, it was possibly the best time for Seattle to get something for him and also for him to shine on a team that has just as good of a chance to make a deep postseason run.
The return was the seventh round pick that the Patriots acquired from the Hawks on Friday in the Justin Coleman trade. Apparently they wanted to wait and see what other players could become available on Saturday and this was the result.
Patriots traded the 7th-rd pick they acquired from Seattle on Friday for CB Justin Coleman back to Seattle for DE Cassius Marsh, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 2, 2017
The Seahawks actually got a 5th AND a 7th, once the news was updated.
One more trade update: In return for DE Cassius Marsh, Seahawks are receiving 5th- and 7th-round picks from New England, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 2, 2017