So the easy, and smart aleckey, answer to the above question is that they already have, having traded Percy Harvin two weeks ago to the New York Jets.
But the question now is whether they will do anything more before the NFL trade deadline of 1 p.m. Tuesday.
It’s worth remembering there is always a lot of smoke this time of year that tends to result in few fires — trades just aren’t as common in the NFL as they are in baseball or the NBA.
The most legitimate rumor linking the Seahawks to anything came Sunday from NFL.com, which wrote that Seattle was among the many teams that had apparently called about Tampa Bay receiver Vincent Jackson.
But as that story notes, Jackson comes with a hefty price tag through 2016 (details here).And adding him would basically replace the salary the Seahawks shed with the trade of Harvin and would also go counter to two of the reasons the Seahawks wanted to dump Harvin (aside from the fighting, etc.). Specifically, that getting rid of Harvin created some salary cap flexibility for some of the things they want and need to do the next year (extend and or re-sign the likes of Russell Wilson, Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright) and that they were also now ready to give a larger role to young receivers Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood.
Seattle has seven receivers on its current active roster, so it hardly lacks depth there. And I’m not sure those around the team feel like receiver is necessarily the top priority. The buzz around the team in Charlotte seemed to be not to expect the team to do anything.
But as the Harvin trade showed us, you obviously never really know what’s going on behind those doors in Renton.
Jason La Confora of CBSSports.com, meanwhile, threw out the idea that maybe the Seahawks should re-acquire Chris Clemons (and it’s important to note the distinction there that the’s not reporting anything is going on between Seattle and Jacksonville). Clemons, certainly, was a strong presence in the Seattle locker room, and could add depth at a spot where Seattle has lacked it this season. But again, this is just La Confora’s idea. At the moment, there doesn’t appear to be anything to indicate this is something that’s actually being talked about.
ESPN’s story Sunday on Marshawn Lynch reported that he might have been available for a trade before Derrick Coleman got hurt. But that’s as far as this story has gone.
With just more than 24 hours now until the deadline, there are sure to be more rumors.
But again, it’s probably wise to remember that there is almost always a lot more talk than action in the NFL this time of year, as Mike Garafolo of FoxSports.com notes here (it’s item No. 4), writing:
Don’t be fooled by all of the reports about the players being on the trading block. There won’t be a lot of action before Tuesday’s deadline. Even players like Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin, who was a rookie sensation two years ago, don’t usually fetch enough in return for teams to give up on them. Why not keep a former first-round pick like Martin instead of taking a late-round pick in return? It’s not like he’s going to be a free agent at the end of the season. He’s making $1.3 million next season, which could be a bargain if he returns to form in a rebuilt offense. And as for veterans like Bucs wide receiver Vincent Jackson, teams won’t give up much to take on their contracts. There could be a few deals made, but consider this your annual reminder the NFL isn’t Major League Baseball when it comes to the trade deadline.