On Thursday morning, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted that the Seahawks are gauging the trade value for Alex Collins, Jeremy Lane, and Jermaine Kearse. This comes ahead of the Seahawks final preseason game Thursday night. With rosters needing to be trimmed down to 53 players on September 2nd, the Seahawks are looking to get value out of players instead of cutting them for nothing.
The least surprising player that was listed here was Collins. Collins has had trouble finding playing time in a loaded Seahawks backfield. This preseason, Collins has 16 carries for 67 yards and a touchdown. But even with those numbers, he comes in as the fifth or sixth best running back on this roster. He is likely to be cut, so the Seahawks may be looking for a late round pick for the 23-year-old running back.
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The most surprising of the three is cornerback Jeremy Lane. Lane is likely to be the starting right cornerback for the Seahawks, in place of injured DeShawn Shead. Seattle may be looking to move him because of a couple of reasons. This offseason, the Seahawks added Shaquill Griffin in the third round of this year’s draft. He has seen a lot of playing time in the preseason. Seattle may be impressed by Griffin’s adjustment to their defense, and want him to play right away. They could also expect Tramaine Brock to take over as the starter after getting him in game shape after signing him August 16th.
The other possibility is that Lane’s contract is bigger than what the Seahawks want to pay. Lane has $5.25 million cap hit in 2017, but increases to $7.25 million in 2018 and 2019. The Seahawks are roughly $8 million under the salary cap, and may look for some more wiggle room for this season.
Kearse is the most interesting name. Kearse had a rough year in 2016, catching only 41 passes for 510 yards and a touchdown. But in 2017, the Seahawks will be looking for Paul Richardson to have a bigger role, possibly replacing Kearse in the lineup. Also, Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett will slot ahead of both Kearse and Richardson.
An interesting aspect of Kearse is if he could be a part of a bigger trade. The Seahawks are reportedly in the market for a defensive tackle. One tackle that is on the market is Sheldon Richardson. The Seahawks looked at Richardson earlier in the offseason, but never put together a trade. Kearse would be needed in the trade because Richardson’s contract would put them over the cap, but Kearse’s contract would help offset it. The Jets could be interested in Kearse because he would easily slide in as the number one wide receiver. But at 27, he is still young enough to be a part of a rebuild and still able to play when the Jets are competitive again.
The trade market will certainly be something to monitor leading into Saturday’s cut day. With as many talented players the Seahawks have that may not make the roster, they could be a very active team in the trade market.