Wow. One minute Seattle’s front office is dormant and seemingly willing to stand pat, the next minute they’re one of the most active in the National Football League, involved in rumors around the league and moving to acquire several new players.
Bring it on.
Releasing Deon Grant came as a surprise. But as an aging veteran who isn’t worth anywhere close to his scheduled salary, it seems like a wise move. I’m not sure how I feel about Jordan Babineaux being the only “capable” starting safety on the roster, but I’m excited to move forward and inject some youth into the defensive backfield.
Blow it up.
I was shocked to learn that Seattle had traded Darryl Tapp to the Philadelphia Eagles. After further review, however, the deal seems to make sense. Seattle acquires Chris Clemons, who is just as capable as a pass rusher and doesn’t have a contract that will expire after next season. Clemons is a few years older but is a more proven pass-rushing threat (although he isn’t anything special, either). Throw in Philadelphia’s fourth-round draft pick and I’m one satisfied Seahawks fan.
No one ever likes to see marquee players leave town, but we shouldn’t kid ourselves: the Seahawks have been a mediocre football team since the 2007 playoff loss in Green Bay. This team needs to be rebuilt from the ground up.
The rearranging still isn’t done; according to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com (and caught by 12th Man Rising’s own Andy Auger), the Seahawks are looking to deal guard Rob Sims very soon. Sims is a young player who still has some potential to be a good player in the NFL, but it hasn’t worked out in Seattle so far. Injuries and inconsistent play have derailed the development of yet another guard in Seattle trying to replace Steve Hutchinson.
Personally, I don’t have a problem with Rob Sims. But I think the position can definitely be upgraded; Seattle’s entire offensive line needs to makeover following last season’s dreadful performance. If the Seahawks can get any value for the 26-year old guard, then pull the trigger.