Though the NFL is not known for trade deadline deals, it definitely seems as though it’s been more active in recent years than ever before. At last year’s October 31 deadline, the Seattle Seahawks traded for Duane Brown, the Buffalo Bills traded for Kelvin Benjamin, the Philadelphia Eagles traded for Jay Ajayi, the San Francisco 49ers traded for Jimmy Garoppolo, and the New York Jets traded for Rashard Robinson. A few days prior to that, the Jacksonville Jaguars traded for Marcell Dareus.
This season, we’ve already seen Amari Cooper, Carlos Hyde, Eli Apple, and Damon Harrison move cities. It’s likely we’ll see a few more before Tuesday’s deadline and while there will be plenty of speculation leading up that, I’ve decided to outline a few players that Seattle won’t be dealing for this season.
The Seahawks are 3-3, having won three of their last four, and surprisingly they have fewer needs than I expected. The return of Ed Dickson at tight end and K.J. Wright at outside linebacker after missing the first six games essentially gives Seattle two “additions” to the roster already. They’re also looking to get back Rasheem Green and Dion Jordan on the defense, potentially aiding their pass rush issues.
At this point, their only potential “needs” seem to be upgrades that would seem unnecessary in trade. For example, the Seahawks could technically trade for a “number one receiver” but is it worth giving up a draft asset for when you are getting by just fine with Tyler Lockett, Doug Baldwin, and David Moore? Seattle could target a receiving tight end if one was out there, but has the offense looked worse for the wear without one these last few weeks? They could add a pass rusher, but anything more than a rotational piece is potential overkill.
The Seahawks moved two second rounders and a third rounder to acquire Sheldon Richardson and Brown in separate deals last season. If there was an offer out there that seemed too good to be true, I’m sure John Schneider is ready to negotiate, but anything more than depth acquisitions wouldn’t seem to fall in line with Seattle’s current needs. Here are a few players who likely won’t be on the Seahawks come Tuesday:
Olivier Vernon, DE/OLB, Giants
New York is already starting to dismantle their over-priced defense, having dealt Apple and Harrison in an effort to have more acquisitions for building the defense again in 2019. The Giants somewhat inexplicably gave Vernon an $85 million deal in 2016 even though he wasn’t seen as a “star” edge rusher by the public at large. Below the surface though, Vernon had 36 QB hits for the Miami Dolphins in 2015 and New York’s return on investment didn’t look to bad in his first season with the team: 64 tackles, 17 tackles for a loss, 8.5 sacks, 23 QB hits.
But last season he missed four games and his numbers dipped as New York fell to 3-13. He’s missed four games this year and it’s hard to say how valuable he’ll continue to be. It’ll be hard for him to match his $15.25 million salary in each of the next two seasons and that salary could prohibit a team like Seattle from giving the franchise tag to Frank Clark while also retaining some of their other young players.
Instead, you might want to consider Giants defensive lineman Kerry Wynn. He signed a one-year, $1.25 million deal in the offseason and has played decently without much attention for it. New York might be able to cop a day three pick if they don’t decide to re-up Wynn.
Janoris Jenkins, CB, Giants
One of New York’s other high-priced acquisitions in 2016, Jenkins has a $62.5 million contract that pays him $10 million in each of the next two seasons. That’s not terrible for a good cornerback, but Jenkins is also more prone to giving up long scores than the average high-priced defensive back, and that’s not something that tends to jive with Pete Carroll. If Tre Flowers were a disaster, then the Seahawks would be desperate, but he’s not, so they’re not, and acquiring anything more than a depth corner doesn’t make any sense.
Gareon Conley, CB, Raiders
That being said, Conley surely makes more sense than Jenkins. He’s 23, he’s long, he’s relatively cheap, and he could become great. However, Oakland probably wants a first rounder just like they got for Cooper, and that’s too pricey for a player who might only get in the way of the development of Flowers.
Bruce Irvin, LB, Raiders
I know how much some fans want Bruce to return to Seattle, but to do what? K.J. Wright is back and Barkevious Mingo is playing as well as to be expected when he signed a two-year deal. To put a hand in the ground and play defensive end? That’s not him. There’s no place for Irvin, so why give up anything for him?
If you’re looking for a former Seahawk on the Oakland defense to trade for, how about Clinton McDonald? He’d be a lot cheaper and he’d fill a more important need. I think there’d be some logic to Seattle trading a conditional late pick for the 31-year-old McDonald.
Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Browns
I don’t even know if Cleveland likes or dislikes Ogbah, but I assume every player acquired prior to the 2017 draft is on the table. Ogbah had 1.5 sacks in the last game, his first time getting to the QB this season. The 32nd overall pick in 2016 (one after Germain Ifedi), Ogbah has not yet proven to be a special edge rusher, but the Browns don’t have many other options. And believe it or not, Cleveland is well in the race for the AFC North, especially if they pull off the upset in Pittsburgh this weekend. I don’t think Hue Jackson is giving up and I don’t think the Browns are sellers.
Jabaal Sheard, DE, Colts
Margus Hunt, DE, Colts
The Colts have the cheapest defense in the NFL and it shows, but Sheard and Hunt each have four sacks this year, playing much better than they used to. However, even at 2-5, Indy can’t believe they are out of the race in the AFC South, where the Houston Texans lead the division following an 0-3 start.
Indianapolis isn’t selling, especially with a date against the Raiders on Sunday.
And that’s one of the biggest hurdles between the NFL and an active trade deadline: there aren’t enough games before the deadline to have many teams who are ready to quit on the season. Even the Buffalo Bills could beat the Patriots this week and only be two games out of first. The San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals are out of it, but play in Seattle’s division. The Colts and Browns aren’t far out of first.
There will be some trades in the next week, but the Seahawks aren’t likely to be involved in any of them, unless it’s on the low-key end of things.