First of all, I will say this, I am not including L.J. Collier on this list. It is clear that the Seahawks would absolutely love to get rid of him, even though he hasn’t been terrible compared to other defensive linemen this year. Collier started all 16 games last year but now is a health scratch in most games in 2021. Collier was a first round pick, whatever Seattle gets for him in a trade (and why would a team trade for him when they must know Seattle would release Collier?) isn’t going to be worth anywhere near the equivalent of Collier’s first round slot.
Tyler Lockett is a valuable receiver. I don’t want to see him go anywhere but how many more years does he have to be very productive? DK Metcalf is establishing himself as the Seahawks number one receiver for the next 7 years and this makes Lockett expendable.
Lockett will turn 30 years old early in the 2022 season and his cap hit gets massive starting in 2023. In 2023, Lockett’s cap hit is $16.76 million and in 2024 it is $23.95 million. For a player with a likely-diminishing value in 2024, that is too high of a cost. But a trade now of Lockett to a team just a really good receiver away from making a deep run in the postseason (I see you Ravens and Saints) could yield a high-round draft pick for Seattle.
Seattle doesn’t have a first-round draft pick in 2022 and let’s be honest, they blow first-round choices anyway. But if the Saints who are cap-strung – and who could release Lockett with less cap hit in 2024 – offer a 2022 second round pick for Lockett, the Seahawks should take it. The same should be said of the Ravens.