Raiders have traded S Shalom Luani to the Seahawks, source said. Reunited with former Raiders def. coordinator Ken Norton Jr.— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) September 1, 2018
Two years after the Seahawks sent a conditional draft pick to the Raiders for Dewey McDonald, they’ve acquired former Washington State Cougar Shalom Luani.
Luani, a former soccer and futsal player who represented American Samoa on an international level, was selected in the seventh round by Oakland in 2017. As a rookie, Luani played in all 16 games, starting one.
With Tedric Thompson still recovering from injuries suffered against the Minnesota Vikings, Seattle is low on depth at safety. Earl Thomas’s holdout doesn’t appear to be ending any time soon, meaning Luani could be in line to start Week 1.
More likely, should Thompson miss any time during the regular season, Bradley McDougald would move across to free safety, with Maurice Alexander or Delano Hill stepping in at strong safety. Regardless of how it shakes out, safety depth was needed.
The Seahawks and John Schneider are always active on roster cutdown day, so this may not be the last trade Seattle is involved in on Saturday. The Seahawks have until 1 pm PST on Saturday afternoon to trim their roster to 53. Follow all Seattle’s action here.