What's Next?

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.

Stay tuned.

Shaun Dolence: [email protected]
Follow 12th Man Rising

Next Seahawks Game View full schedule »
Thursday, Sep 44 Sep5:30Green Bay PackersBuy Tickets
Dick's Sporting Goods presents "Hell Week":

Tags: Chris Clemons Darryl Tapp Deon Grant Rob Sims Seattle Seahawks Trade

  • Lars

    Pete Carroll is sticking to his origional plan and I’m glad he is. Carroll said they will build through the draft and with the draft being very deep at OT and CB as well as some other positions, this trade boads well for Seattle.

    Also no disrespect Shaun but about 6 other people caught the Rob Sims trade rumor, not taking away he that he didn’t see it as well but saying he caught it is a little strong.

    Sims will probably bring back a 3rd round pick, it would be nice to see Elam come over but he won’t be included.

  • http://www.12thmanrising.com Shaun Dolence

    Agreed. In my opinion, the best (and only) way to build a team is through the draft. This year’s draft may lack top-tier talent, but it appears to be one of the deepest in recent memory.

    And in regards to Andy, I’m sure several others picked up on the Sims rumor. He did post something here before I did, however, so I had to give him some credit.

  • Andrew Auger


    I was the second person to report the Rob Sims tidbit, therefore the term Shaun used in “catching it” is 100 percent accurate.

    I guess I should feel lucky, I mean, with all of those media connections and all, that I even beat you to it? Or the Darryl Tapp trade..

    Some people just never learn when to shut up…

  • vlee

    I hate to burst everyone’s bubble but I avidly follow the Draft every year….

    Every year they say “this year looks like a deep draft”…..

    I’ve no solution on how to rebuild the Seahawks but they have to start from the inside out…..

    If they have to draft OL with the 6 and 14th pick….its a good start, if you can’t put point on the board, you don’t even have a chance of winning. This means…protect the QB and provide a good running game.

  • Lars

    Shaun: Yea this draft it’s the best at the top but depth wise it’s the best in the last five years. You can find a starting franchise left tackle in the third and fourth rounds instead of using a top 10 pick.

    Yea well that part I see what you mean that he did post in here but he was the second person to report it. Well a professional doesnt have to lie about when he gets his info, so if you got it second then you are claiming to beat out Danny Oneil, Jason La Canforia, Me, 950KJR, and about 4 other sites including the Seahawks own site.

    So Andy, Shaun had it right where you beat HIM to it on THIS SITE but it must be very clear you were not the second person to have the Rob Sims news. Trust me.

  • Keith anderson

    Why are we waiting on Brandon Marshall.
    Trade our 14th pick to Denver and let them
    have Deon branch in exchange for Marshall
    and there 3rd round pick. If we don’t sign
    Marshall then we better draft cj spiller. We need
    alot of help but we need playmakers

  • ryan

    SIGN MARSHALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ryan

    Pete Carroll’s starting to piss me off

  • http://hawkstrap.blogspot.com Hawkstrap

    We’re supposed to adding playmakers on offense and instead we just seem like we’re dumping defense players(Lance Laury, Tapp, Grant…). It’s not like we have a ton of draft picks to replace these guys either.