The trade deadline looms. The Seattle Seahawks have already been ahead of the curve, completing two transactions headlined by Nick Vannett and Quandre Diggs in recent days.
With the recent catastrophe befalling Justin Britt, it’s tempting to say the ‘Hawks should just get a quality center (Britt was not playing well this year anyway), go out and actually block some defenders (Russell Wilson is presumably not immortal), and win the Super Bowl.
But it’s not that simple, for a few reasons.
First of all, John Schneider trades almost exclusively for defense. When was the last time he traded for an offensive player?
If you said Jimmy Graham, you’re obviously still holding on to something, and might I recommend a good sports therapist?
But if Jimmy might be the last one that many casual fans remember, and there’s reason for that. Here’s John Scheider’s most recent trades for an offensive player.
April 29, 2019:
Traded 2020 seventh-round pick to New England for TE Jacob Hollister.
August 30, 2018:
Traded 2019 draft pick to Green Bay Packers for QB Brett Hundley. Waived LB Jason Hall.
March 14, 2018:
Traded DE Michael Bennett and 2018 7th-round draft pick to Philadelphia Eagles for WR Marcus Johnson and 2018 5th-round pick.
Now if those trades have fallen out of memory already, it’s pretty excusable. Marcus Johnson didn’t stay with the team. There’s a big 2018 gap for Brett Hundley because he never saw the field. Hollister was dropped to the practice squad until every other Tight End in Seattle evaporated overnight.
To find an in-season trade for an offensive player that actually saw the field for three consecutive games you’d have to go all the way back to November 1st of 2017. Seattle traded 2018 third-round draft pick and 2019 second-round draft pick to Houston Texans in exchange for left tackle Duane Brown and 2018 fifth-round draft pick.
On the other side of the ball, however, Schneider is an absolute monster. Take that 2017 season, for example. That was the same year the Seahawks acquired Sheldon Richardson, Justin Coleman, and D.J. Alexander. All defensive players. The only other offensive maneuver that year was for tackle Matt Tobin, who saw 81 snaps the entire year.
This year, Schneider has already dealt or received five defensive players - Frank Clark, everyone involved with the Jadeveon Clowney trade, and Quandre Diggs.
Meanwhile, centers are not being moved. In fact, the conversation around offensive players don’t fit the Seahawks need right now at all - left tackles and wide receivers. DeAndre Hopkins, anyone?
Everywhere you look, it’s receiver and tackles.
#Jets and #Giants not done:#Jets continue to shop WR Robby Anderson and are expected to trade him before tomorrow's deadline.#Giants are shopping CB Janoris Jenkins, Alec Ogletree and OT Nate Solder. pic.twitter.com/yo1RFq6EbC— uSTADIUM (@uSTADIUM) October 28, 2019
Maybe one of them can play on the right side?
Let’s not rule out Schneider’s creativity, just yet. But for the moment, it looks like Seattle would have to grab a center nobody is talking about, a left tackle willing to play right tackle, or a more mobile guard - which would just make for an even bigger logjam at that position.