The NFL trade deadline is less than 24 hours away, and the Seahawks could still make a key move by looking back to a former star player.
A few days ago I wrote about three cornerbacks the Seahawks could potentially trade for. Corner Patrick Peterson would be the big prize, of course, but that isn’t likely to happen for all the reasons detailed in the story. Another reason is that Seattle simply doesn’t have many draft picks to trade. Pete and John traded away their second, sixth and seventh picks for 2019, so the cupboard’s a little bare. Still, there’s one nice bargain that can help for a 2018 playoff push.
Namely, a blast from the past to help the pass rush. Frank Clark and Jarran Reed have been beasts, combining for 10.5 sacks. No other player has more than two, though. As a result, the Seahawks have just 19 sacks on the season.
They can do better, and need to if they want to do more than just make a push for the playoffs. There just happens to be a player who should be available for a fairly low draft pick, too.
Bruce Irvin of the Raiders is that man. Irvin is one of about 53 players rumored to be available in Oakland’s fire sale. As our friend Jose Sanchez at FanSided site Just Blog Baby writes in his piece on possible trades, “I’m sure Gruden will definitely let it be known to teams that Irvin is available for essentially nothing.”
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Essentially nothing is definitely in Seattle’s price range. Irvin of course has history with the Seahawks, and can still play. He had 15 sacks in his first two years in Oakland. He isn’t having his best season this year, that’s true.
But as I said before, tell me who is having a stellar year for the Raiders. The team is a trainwreck, and Irvin still has three sacks. He’d be a nice cheap pickup for Seattle.
One complication is that Irvin is fighting a chest injury, and is listed as questionable for Oakland’s next loss. No, that wasn’t a Freudian slip. More Chuckian than anything else. Anyway, Irvin would look really good back in Navy, Wolf Gray and Action Green. As an aside – seriously, we can’t get a better name for that color than just Navy? How about Admiral Blue, or Puget Blue? As long as we get Mr. Irvin suited up in Seahawks colors, I’m fine with it.