With the Seattle Seahawks looking like a complete team, despite its dreadful victory yesterday against the Rams, the team’s front office had, as I saw it, no need to make a move before the trade deadline this afternoon. Thankfully, the Seahawks stayed quiet.
It’s not like the NFL trade deadline is that big of a deal, anyway. It’s definitely not like the MLB deadline. NFL teams make crucial moves in free agency, not at the trade deadline. Seattle did just that this past year, picking up free agents like Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Seahawks didn’t do anything.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported this morning that Seattle was supposedly looking into trading for Minnesota’s star defensive end, Jared Allen. When I saw that appear on the TV screen while watching Sportscenter, I scoffed. Why in the world would Seattle waste, as I imagined it, draft picks to grab a soon-to-be free agent defensive end? The idea was ludicrous. Seattle’s depth is probably greatest in the defensive line. With guys like Chris Clemons, Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett, Bruce Irvin, and Brandon Mebane already tearing it up, what would the use of Jared Allen be? I’ll tell you: less playing time for Clemons, Avril, and Irvin. And given their spectacular play already, why punish them by making them step aside for another end, albeit a talented one?
Allen’s contract is up at the end of the year, anyway, and one can bet that Allen would have garnered lucrative offers in the off-season. This kind of trade works for teams needing that one boost to become a contender, not for a team like the Hawks who are already well on their way to the playoffs.
Beyond the Jared Allen rumors, Seattle wasn’t a name that was being tied to the trade deadline. It’s definitely a good thing, because in Seattle’s case, no move is the right move. The current roster they have is, I believe, capable of winning a Super Bowl. The only position that could theoretically be improved is tight end, and since Tony Gonzalez wasn’t going to be shopped by the Falcons, there was no one out there worth acquiring.
Seattle’s current team has a great chance of making it to February. The organization had no need to make a move today, and they thankfully didn’t mess up the Seattle mojo.