Seahawks see failure of Tedric Thompson, trade for Quandre Diggs
By Lee Vowell
The Seahawks clearly saw they needed help at safety with Tedric Thompson not working out. On Tuesday, Seattle traded for Lions safety Quandre Diggs.
You thought you were having a bad day? Try being Seahawks safety Tedric Thompson who has been working hard to be good, but overall hasn’t been, and find out that the team you play for has traded for Detroit Lions safety Quandre Diggs. Diggs was an alternate Pro Bowler in 2018. Thompson has been barely decent enough to start.
Now, before we 12s get too excited, Detroit saw Diggs as worth trading and he has not been nearly as good this year as he was last. In five games this season Diggs has 20 tackles and no picks. But in 2017 and 2018 he had three interceptions in each year. So the potential is there.
The Seahawks gave up just a fifth-round pick (probably the next Kam Chancellor the way Seattle really drafts) in 2020 in return for Diggs. Detroit also gave Seattle a 7th round pick in 2021 (possibly the next Chris Carson?).
Thompson has had two interceptions this season. One an incredible catch against the Rams. But Thompson also gets beat and is inconsistent. Against Baltimore this past Sunday, Thompson gave up a 50-yard reception over his head. Coach Pete Carroll said on Monday about the play, “We made a big mistake early, gave them a freebie down the field. That’s just distasteful.” When the ever-optimistic Carroll says that about a player that means that player has done something utterly horrible.
Carroll hates it when his players get beat deep and not having that done is one reason the Seahawks scheme their defense to avoid those plays. Thompson may have given up his last 50-yard reception for Seattle.
Diggs is also good in the locker room and was a captain on the Lions defense this year. He was popular on the team. This means his teammates respected him. Seattle is still trying to shed its skin of the likes of Michael Bennett and Earl Thomas who weren’t good in the locker room. Diggs helps fix that even more.
Bradley McDougald is expected back soon after missing the Ravens game. Seattle missed him. Now with McDougald and Diggs at safety, the Seahawks are much more experienced and better. This should help Seattle recover from a bad loss to the Ravens and get them back on track for the playoffs.