With the Seahawks in need of a pass rusher but pressed up against the salary cap, there were two names presumed to be on the outside looking in, should the opportunity arise to acquire a player: B.J. Finney and Jacob Hollister. That was proven correct this week, as Seattle packaged Finney and a seventh-round pick to send to the Bengals in exchange for Carlos Dunlap.
While it was Finney and his unwelcome salary sent out this week, what about Hollister and his $3.2 million cap hit? Even if the Seahawks are finished making additions via trade, would the tight end possibly be on the way out with Greg Olsen and Will Dissly remaining healthy through the first half of the season and Colby Parkinson nearing a return? It sounds as though that is a possibility with the trade deadline coming up on Tuesday.
Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer reported this week that both Finney and Hollister had been offered up to teams recently, as Seattle tried to create cap space to bring in a pass rusher. Though the Seahawks succeeded in freeing up cap space, with the departure of Finney, and bringing in a pass rusher in Dunlap, they received so much interest in Hollister the tight end still could be on the move.
Over the last week or so, word around the league was that Seattle was trying to create cap space to add a pass rusher, and TE Jacob Hollister was available. Now that B.J. Finney was traded and Carlos Dunlap has been acquired, the Seahawks have pulled back on that. But Hollister drummed up so much interest across the league that I don’t think it’s impossible someone will put something in front of the Seahawks they have to consider.
Though Breer suggests Seattle is not all that interested in trading Hollister just for the sake of it, now that they have acquired a pass rusher, it is surely something they should consider. Without picks in the first-, third-, and sixth-rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft, recouping any capital would help John Schneider’s ability to maneuver the draft board as he is wont to do. Shedding the rest of Hollister’s 2020 cap hit and opening up a path for the rookie Parkinson are added bonuses of such a move.
The Seahawks may have acquired the pass rusher they desperately needed, but there’s a chance they are still not done on the trade market ahead of the deadline.