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The Seattle Seahawks made yet another trade yesterday. This time the pulled off a blockbuster deal to acquire the 3rd overall pick in the 2013 draft, LE Dion Jordan. This deal cost the Seahawks some major pieces though. Going to Miami in the deal are LT Russell Okung, WR Golden Tate, and the Seahawks 1st round pick in the 2014 draft. Owner Justin Hanson and head coach Pete Carroll were both pleased to be adding an athlete like Jordan to the defensive line. Hanson was quoted as saying "While we did have to give up some of our starters in this deal, we are confident that we made the right decision. Pete and I looked over our roster, and we both agreed that we had guys who could step up and take the places that were left vacant from the trade. Menelik Watson, who we just moved over to LT, has shown that he is worthy of being a starter, and he is eager to show the coaches and fans that he can do more than Okung at a fraction of the salary." The loss of Golden Tate at WR might seem like a big blow to the offense's production, until you hear how the coaching staff talks about WRs Harper, Baldwin, and Kearse. These young receivers now have the opportunity to step up and show what they can do. Giving up a 1st round pick in the draft is always hard for a team, but the Seahawks were able to get a 3rd round pick in each of the next two drafts to help make up for it. The fan base in Seattle will have some sleepless nights, leading up to the week 8 game against St. Louis, thinking of the possibilities of the pass rush that should be generated from Jordan and DEs Avril and Clemons along with ROLB Bruce Irvin. Coach Carroll mentioned that they would be toying with the positioning of each of those players. He said that you might see Irvin lined up next to or behind Jordan, or they may be on opposite sides of the line. The versatility is perhaps the most exciting part that Jordan brings to the defensive line. Not to be forgotten in this deal, Seattle also acquired WR Pruitt and ROLB Jelani Jenkins from Miami and sent ROLB Malcolm Smith and LE Michael Bennett. Hanson talked about how much the whole team liked ROLB Smith, but felt that Jenkins would be a better fit in the long run. Jenkins, a standout player at the University of Florida, is coming in to Seattle looking to make an impact in his rookie season.
A Growing Trend
This deal is just the latest in a number of deals Seattle has made that have brought in promising young talent. Earlier in the year, they dealt WR Percy Harvin and CB Antoine Winfield in order to get WR Stephen Hill and 1st rd pick CB Dee Miliner. Hill is leading the team in receptions and touchdowns. Miliner, the coaches say, could lead the league in interceptions, if he works on his catching. Another deal early in the year sent CB Brandon Browner, WR Sidney Rice, and the Seahawks 2014 2nd round pick to Kansas City for TE Travis Kelce, CB Sanders Commings, and RG Jon Asamoah. Kelce is just back from a week 1 injury, and is expected to be a big part of the offense. Asamoah is one of the best young guards in the league, and gives Marshawn Lynch more room to run. One benefit of all these deals is the fact that Seattle now has over 40 million in cap space. This will go a long way in helping them resign key players next year. Guys like Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman will need to be resigned, and Hanson said that the team is willing to pay them what they deserve.
The Season Ahead
How will all of these trades change the chemistry in the locker room? How will the young players perform this season? Seattle is currently 6-2 and 2nd in the NFC West. There have been bumps in the road, but the team says they expected that there would be. Check back later in the season for an update on the team's progress. And keep your eyes open for another trade until the deadline has passed.
2013 NFC West Champions