Trade deadline 2022: Seahawks make no moves but still end up winners

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As the Seattle Seahawks continue to defy expectations and become the best story in the NFL, they were put in a tough decision on Tuesday at the trade deadline. The week nine deadline (it should be after week ten in my opinion) was supposed to be a deadline where Seattle was going to trade players away to contending teams as they jockeyed for draft position. Instead, the 5-3 Seahawks and leaders of the NFC West, suddenly found themselves at the buyer’s side of the table.

Forced to decide whether to make a deal to try and improve the team now, or sit on the sidelines, Seattle stood pat. I believe they ended up as big winners. This had to be one of the wildest trade deadlines in NFL history.

Ten deals were made including stars getting traded left and right. The Chicago Bears finally traded Roquan Smith to the Baltimore Ravens, a perfect place for an elite linebacker to shine. The Philadelphia Eagles acquired Robert Quinn earlier in the week, just adding one more potential star to the last undefeated team in the league.

Seahawks win by not making any trades at the deadline

The Minnesota Vikings, currently sitting as the number 2 seed in the NFC, acquired Detroit’s stud tight end T.J. Hockenson.  Many of you will remember Hockenson as the man that almost single-handedly beat Seattle in Detroit just a few weeks ago.

The Eagles and Vikings are the two teams currently ahead of Seattle in the NFC playoff picture. Both made big-time moves. How does Seattle come out as the winner?