The NFL trade deadline is just one day away, and while the Seattle Seahawks really don’t figure to be a part of Tuesday’s transactions, there are a couple of former Seahawks from the 2013 Super Bowl team who might be on the move.
Pass-rushing specialist Bruce Irvin is the latest Oakland Raider reportedly on the trade block, primarily because the Raiders are clearly just ripping up this team and trying to rebuild under Jon Gruden. Irvin has just three sacks on the year, having matched his career-high of eight in 2017. NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero says that the Raiders are open to trading him for a late-round pick, so it’s not like teams have to break the bank to get him. That said, his salary is $8 million for 2018, with a cap number of $8.25 million, and his contract expires at the end of 2019.
Meanwhile, the Detroit Lions are reportedly receiving offers for wide receiver Golden Tate, who had 7 catches for 50 yards against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, and 44 catches for 517 yards and 3 touchdowns on the season. He has racked up at least 90 receptions in each of his previous four years in the Lions’ high-volume passing attack, still wowing the NFL with his YAC abilities. This year is the final one on his contract, so any team that wants Tate is essentially renting him through half the season. Again, Pelissero reports that the Lions would need to be “blown away” with a great offer to part ways with Tate, something in “the range of a mid-round draft pick, maybe a fourth-rounder.”
Irvin famously was displeased when Ken Norton Jr was fired midseason last year as Oakland’s defensive coordinator. He credits Norton for his development as a player and a person, and there’s mutual respect between the two. That doesn’t really mean that he’ll be back in Seattle, but just something to think about.
Tate of course was not re-signed by the Seahawks after the 2013 season, and the Percy Harvin trade was arguably the biggest reason that Golden left for Detroit in free agency. Given the way Tyler Lockett and David Moore are performing, combined with the fact that the Seahawks are returning to an offense that values high-efficiency with low-volume passing, Tate reuniting with the Seahawks seems unlikely.