Nov 3, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Josh Cribbs (16) runs past New Orleans Saints middle linebacker Curtis Lofton (50) in the first half during the game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Should Seahawks Try and Sign Another Veteran Receiver?

Flipping through the latest articles around the web today, I found this interesting piece on the next offseason moves for the Seattle Seahawks. Except it was interesting for all the wrong reasons and made very little sense to me.

The piece takes a serious turn for the worst when the writer suggests that one of the main priorities for Seattle now is to add depth throughout the roster. Ok, that’s fine, but the main suggestion is adding yet another veteran receiver to the core that exists now. Like most of you would do immediately, the word “why(!?)” came spilling out of my mouth in such a fashion that my girlfriend had no idea what I had just asked her or the reason I was so adamant about it.

“Obviously”, I thought to myself, “there was no homework done here and I should stop reading”, but then the writer gave an interesting option; Joshua Cribbs.


It really was a nice thought as a fan last week, given what Cribbs could potentially add, given that Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice are both so banged up all the time. But in the end, Cribbs would be yet another aging health risk the Seahawks would have to manage. I’m sure there was discussion on different options such as Cribbs before the draft began, but now that the Hawks have added both Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood, there is absolutely no need to add any receivers to this lineup, unless his name is Jermichael Finley after he clears medical.

  • Percy Harvin
  • Doug Baldwin
  • Sidney Rice
  • Jermaine Kearse
  • Ricardo Lockette
  • Paul Richardson
  • Kevin Norwood
  • Chris Matthews

There is one last point that this brings up though and it is truly an interesting one; not everybody is as high on the Seahawks’ receivers as you might think. To some that list of names is still underwhelming and even after the Super Bowl performance they have very little respect for what Baldwin, Kearse and Lockette bring to the table, which is very tough for me to fathom. It’s even tougher to fathom any veteran that the Seahawks could afford coming in and making the roster with that group on board in my opinion. I guess it’s back to “prove-em-wrong” time for Seattle’s WR corps.

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  • DRRL

    Those who look at the Seahawks’ performance in the passing dimension over the past two years and rightly see “pedestrian” output recognize, for the most part, that this is not RW’s fault–he’s an accurate passer, especially on the deep ball. However, they wrongly attribute it to lack of quality in the receivers. If Stafford, Brees, or Rodgers were throwing to this group, these same WR’s would have outstanding numbers, both on the field and in Fantasy-land.
    To address this perceived problem, two things would need to change: (1) a few more pro bowl caliber O-linemen (please-oh-please-oh-PLEASE!) and (2) a change of offensive philosophy to embrace the high-risk, high-reward strategy of throwing 40+ times a game. I’m all for number 1. However, as a few perspicacious observers (as opposed to, say, draft analysts) may have noticed last year, a good team doesn’t need number two to win a super bowl.
    Thank you, PC and JS, for thinking independently and having the wisdom not to bother with pleasing all the rest of us in your off-season planning.
    Go Hawks!

    • AllCoug’dUp (Joshua Davis)

      Well said! Well said!!!

  • John

    I read the same article and found myself thinking the same thing. I couldn’t believe that with 12 wide receivers already on the roster that we should add another. Crazy!

    • AllCoug’dUp (Joshua Davis)

      definitely. Eight quality receivers to boot!