Archive for August, 2010

Seahawks Trade Former 2nd-Round Pick CB Josh Wilson

Earlier in the day the rumors started swirling in that an unnamed player had been traded to the Baltimore Ravens for a reported fifth-or-fourth-round selection in 2011 NFL Draft. Reports were that that unnamed player was former first-round pick CB Kelly Jennings, but when the trade was made official it turned out to be former second-round CB Josh Wilson from Maryland.

In his three-seasons with the Seahawks Wilson has started 23 of 28 games and in 2009 had two interceptions- both of them returned for touchdowns. In 2008 he finished with four picks and had a career high in tackles with 76. He also forced three fumbles for the Seahawks defense. Now he carries that baggage to Baltimore where he attended high school in Maryland.

As for the Seahawks they’ve parted with their most likely starting cornerback come opening day. Now they turn to former first-round pick Kelly Jennings who hasn’t lived up to his first-round expectations since being selected by the Seahawks in 2006. In his four-years in the NFL Jennings has only one pick.

“This is an opportunity for us that came along to us because of our depth,” Carroll said. “And our situation at the cornerback position that we’re very happy with, with the play of Tru and Kelly Jennings, Walter Thurmond and Roy Lewis. … Josh is a great kid and we love him and all of that. But this is a team that really came after him, and it happened very quickly.”

Thurmond has looked well in preseason, but the Seahawks must feel now with the trading of Wilson that Thurmond is making progress quicker than expected and could be starting in the near future. The coaching staff has seen Thurmond quite a bit in preseason action where he’s played some of the most downs and then in training camp.

In other Seahawks moves:

-Seahawks traded an undisclosed 2011 draft pick to the Detroit Lions for OT Tyler Polumbus. Polumbus was let go by the Denver Broncos last week and had been claimed by the Houston Texans, Seahawks and Lions. Lions were awarded him and in the long run traded him to Seattle. In two-years in the NFL he’s appeared in 31 games- starting eight of them.

-LB Leroy Hill also accepted a pay cut from the $6 million he was due in 2010 to $2.125 and also has voided the remaining four-years left on his contract.

-Seahawks signed DE James Wyche formerly of the Texans. Wyche was a seventh-round selection by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2006 NFL Draft out of Syracuse. He’s played for the Jaguars, St. Louis Rams and Texans.

Reed Out 2 Weeks

Defensive End Nick Reed will miss the final two-weeks of the Pre-season joing OT Russell Okung in the injury list.

Reed had his knee scoped and will miss the experience he could have picked up in the final two pre-season games. He’s expected to make the 53-man roster where the Seahawks are weak at the end position.

In 16 games last year he picked up 17 tackles- one of them was a sack on top of his two fumble recoveries in which one of them he returned for a touchdown. With the subtraction of Lawrence Jackson Reed might end up starting opposite of Chris Clemons or even splitting time between Clemons and Red Bryant at the end position.

A minor knee scope isn’t a serious surgery unlike other major knee injuries. Reed isn’t expected to miss more than a couple of weeks of meaningful pre-season action. A major upgrade over the not so strong defensive line the Seahawks have. Last year at this time the former seventh-round selection out of Oregon was making an impact in pre-season as he earned his way onto the 53-man roster. He’s followed through in the first two pre-season games making impressive plays and getting to the quarterback when he’s been in the game.

If the Reed is ready come opening day the Seahawks should be able to use him to pressure San Francisco 49ers QB Alex Smith and hope that the strong play of Marcus Trufant and the improved secondary limits the pass, but remember the 49ers have a guy by the name of Frank Gore at running back.

While the 12th Man might be thinking “here we go again with the injuries” at least none of them appear to be too serious- minus Okung’s injury.

On the good side:

-OG Chester Pitts was activated from the PUP list meaning he passed his physical and should be ready to start practicing. Pete Carroll said it’s unlikely Pitts will play Saturday against the Minnesota Vikings.

I will also release my Top 10 Questions heading into the Regular Season by Friday along with working on a breakdown of a projected 53-man Roster. So Stay tuned.