In the next few weeks, the Seattle Seahawks are going to make a trade. We can basically guarantee it. Pete Carroll and John Schneider have made at least one deal during camp/preseason every year since coming to Seattle in 2010, including seven over the last two preseasons.
Sometimes they acquire players — a much more difficult process to predict in terms of naming potential players involved — and sometimes they trade them away. Let’s take a look at a handful of names on the roster that other teams could be interested in if the bricks fall right.
This is not me rosterbating. This is not me saying that any of the following players will be traded. This is not me saying that anyone not on this list can’t be traded. This is nothing more than a list of names that may be two things: attractive to other teams and potentially excessive for the Seahawks.
Quarterbacks: Geno Smith
I don’t think Paxton Lynch could play well enough in preseason to be a trade target for another team, but I could see him playing well enough for the Seahawks to opt to keep him as the backup if there was a team that got QB desperate and wanted to deal for Geno. He’s a desperation acquisition, like most quarterbacks who are dealt, but his starting experience makes him more attractive than Lynch. As a backup however, Seattle might be fine with Paxton if he plays OK.
Running Backs: C.J. Prosise
Time has pretty much run out for this, but if Prosise played in the next three preseason games and looked like he did as a rookie, maybe a team would deal a conditional seventh and the Seahawks could finally cut ties.
Receivers: David Moore, Jaron Brown, Gary Jennings, Jazz Ferguson, John Ursua
It’s somehow both one of the most worrisome positions on the team and the most logjammed. The Seahawks are certain to keep Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf but we’re not sure what’s going to happen after that. They once dealt Kevin Norwood for a conditional seventh and the conditions were actually met despite him barely getting a snap for the Panthers. I do not expect them to trade Moore under 98% of circumstances, but I’m reaching for a circumstance where maybe the compensation for Moore is good (he’s got the most value here maybe) and Seattle likes what they’ve seen in three or four other receivers on the team. And trading a fourth rounder at this stage of his career would be so rare, but Jennings has only recently caught any positive attention and praise from his coaches and teammates — so if he became a cut candidate, then of course the team would look to trade him first. Given he’s certain to not pass through waivers, Jennings could be traded for like a fifth or sixth round pick and the team would go, “Yeah, that selection didn’t work out but it wasn’t a total loss like Chris Harper.”
I think Jazz and Ursua have more obvious reasons. A team could be falling in love with Jazz, but he could still fall short of making the final 53 in Seattle. That being said, it’s also extremely rare to see something like a team giving up a pick for a UDFA rookie.
Linemen: Ethan Pocic, Joey Hunt, Jordan Simmons ... Justin Britt?
John Gilbert wrote about Pocic and the Raiders last week. But could they stick with Pocic as the future at center and look to deal Hunt for a fringe player on another roster or a conditional day three pick? Or would the Seahawks feel good enough about the backup centers to make one of them a starter and deal Britt for something of slightly more value? And I do mean slightly: Britt’s 2019 and 2020 salary figures make him more difficult to fit under another cap.
Tight Ends: Nick Vannett
So you’re in the final year of your rookie contract and you’ve always been kind of underwhelming and now maybe the team has four or five tight ends. Luckily for Vannett, Ed Dickson’s injury and Jacob Hollister’s lack of being a true tight end make him almost unexpendable.
Defensive Linemen: Nazair Jones
The Seahawks can’t afford to let go of any defensive linemen at this point but Jones seems like someone who is desperate for a different opportunity.
Linebackers: Mychal Kendricks, Shaquem Griffin, Austin Calitro
Seattle is set to have potentially the best complete linebacking unit in the NFL: Bobby Wagner, KJ Wright, Kendricks, Cody Barton, Barkevious Mingo, Jacob Martin, Ben Burr-Kirven, Calitro, Griffin — some combination but not all of those names. They aren’t going to trade Wagner or Wright but given that Kendricks is unlikely to miss any games this season, maybe the Seahawks could find a taker if they felt super comfortable with Wright’s health. From what I’ve seen so far, Barton is a future linebacking star in this league and honestly this defense only needs two star linebackers. They have Wagner, Wright, Kendricks, and Barton potentially all at a high level, while Martin, Burr-Kirven are worth exploring further, and Calitro is kind of an underrated presence. Calitro was mic’d up for Denver, telling me that there’s a sense he’s a vocal and important leader for the defense when it’s second or third-string’s turn.
Defensive backs: Lano Hill, DeShawn Shead, Jamar Taylor
Since Tedric Thompson is still the number one free safety, I’m gonna say that the Seahawks have no interest in trading him. It’s not that encouraging for fans to hear, but it still looks like T2 next to Bradley McDougald for Week 1. Then Marquise Blair and Hill are the second string, but Lano is a good change-of-scenery candidate. Since Shead is unlikely to start over anyone at this point, he could potentially play well enough to convince another team to start him since corner is such a shallow position around the league; that also makes it less likely that Seattle would steal from their own depth at corner. Taylor’s starting experience could also make him a somewhat attractive option.
Virtually all of these trade candidates will bring little value back — at least for now. We didn’t know what kind of value Justin Coleman would bring to the Seahawks until he did. But mostly we’re talking about players that’ll bring back late draft picks or other players who were going to get released if they weren’t traded. A “Sheldon Richardson” acquisition would be surprising for all the normal reasons of it being surprising, and is unlikely to happen. Nor do we necessarily want it to.
These are the types of deals that the Seahawks most often make, and they do make them most often.