The Seahawks haven’t made any massive moves yet in 2020 free agency, but they did tender receiver David Moore on Monday. Why?
Before we get to the more interesting NFL breaking news, the Seahawks made some news on Monday. The team decided to put an original round tender on receiver David Moore. Moore had 17 catches for 301 yards and 2 touchdowns in 2019. In 2018, Moore was better with 26 catches for 445 yards and 5 touchdowns.
So why tender Moore? Well, first of all, the tender is worth a seventh-round pick – the round in which Moore was chosen in 2017. This probably means Moore will go elsewhere and Seattle would receive a draft pick back for him. All NFL draft picks could hold value, but more teams are willing to give up a last-round draft pick for a receiver they feel might hold promise.
If Moore doesn’t get any takers, the Seahawks would need to pay Moore around $2 million in 2020, though because the CBA is still so new the final numbers are still being crunched. Seattle tendering Moore might also mean that the Seahawks are not looking to sign an expensive receiver and look at spending some of their $50 million cap space on positions of greater need.
The NFC West was a lively bunch today other than the Seahawks, though. San Francisco traded defensive tackle DeForest Buckner to the Colts for the Colts first-round pick in the 2020 draft, which is number 13. And the Cardinals traded running back David Johnson and a second-round pick in 2020 plus a fourth-round choice in 2021 for Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins and a 2020 fourth-round pick.
So, once again the Texans made a move, just like the trade they made with the Seahawks last off-season involving Jadeveon Clowney, that has more than few questioning the management of Houston’s sanity.
No matter, when it comes to the Seahawks, 12s are still wait-and-see what they do. Seattle usually waits until day 2 of free agency (officially Thursday, unofficially Tuesday) to make bigger moves. This year, though, Seattle might not want to wait if they are looking to truly improve the 2020 roster.