The Seahawks are moving on without T.J. Houshmandzadeh, and younger receivers on Seattle’s roster should benefit from his departure. Mike Williams, who many considered wasted talent prior to last month, will have an opportunity to start at wide receiver. Golden Tate, Deon Butler, and other younger receivers will have a lot of balls thrown their way with T.J. out of the picture.
For now, the Seattle Seahawks are supposedly committed to the young players on their roster. But with Houshmandzadeh presumably leaving town, there are widespread rumors the Seahawks will seek another younger, more capable replacement.
The Seahawks have obviously been interested in acquiring Vincent Jackson from San Diego for some time. According to rumors, Houshmandzadeh’s release could be a step towards a possible trade that would bring Jackson to Seattle.
Seattle was given permission last month to speak with Jackson’s representatives – to discuss contract details, presumably – but nothing materialized in terms of a trade. The Seahawks reportedly balked at Jackson’s request for a five-year, $50 million contract.
Could Houshmandzadeh’s inevitable release mean the Seahawks will reconsider Vincent Jackson? Not likely. But a recent article from the San Diego Union-Tribune creates a bit of intrigue.
According to the article, Jackson may be willing to accept less than what was originally reported:
The Jackson camp has made it known in various media reports the past week their price is not currently that high.
In fact, it is possible the one-year deal for somewhere around $7 million that those close to Jackson said last month that he would be amenable to could be what he eventually accepts from another team. However, such a deal would bring less compensation in trade for the Chargers and could preclude a trade from happening since Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith is known to appreciate compensatory draft picks when an unrestricted free agent leaves.
Right now, there is nothing to report regarding the Seahawks and Vincent Jackson. But things develop quickly in the National Football League – like Seattle cutting ties with Houshmandzadeh – and a rumor could quickly turn into breaking news.
Whether the Seahawks are still in the mix for Jackson is uncertain, but expect Jackson to be moved soon if the Chargers can find a deal to their liking. The Chargers dealt for former Cowboys receiver Patrick Crayton today and appear ready to move forward with or without Jackson.
After 3 PM on Saturday, Jackson will be suspended for six games instead of three since San Diego placed him on the Roster Exempt List. Jackson is suspended for the first three games of the season due to multiple DUI arrests, and would have to sit out three additional games after reporting if a deal isn’t completed by Saturday afternoon.
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Whether he is traded or released, T.J. Houshmandzadeh will no longer be a wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Seahawks are prepared to move forward without Housh:
The Seattle Seahawks will cut ties with T.J. Houshmandzadeh by trading or releasing him, according to two league sources, and it will promote former Detroit first-round draft pick Mike Williams into its starting lineup for a Sept. 12 game against San Francisco.
A trade would obviously be the most preferable option for the Seahawks. By trading Houshmandzadeh, the Seahawks would not only receive compensation – albeit minimal – they would also be able to dump his large contract on another franchise.
But Houshmandzadeh’s contract, signed last year while Tim Ruskell was making decisions, makes a trade unlikely. Houshmandzadeh is guaranteed over $7 million in 2010 and has four years remaining on his original five-year deal.
By releasing Housh, the Seahawks would be on the hook for his guaranteed 2010 salary. Even though Paul Allen’s pockets seem bottomless, $7+ million is a lot to pay a player who isn’t on the team.
In addition to Houshmandzadeh’s guaranteed salary in 2010, Schefter says his contract includes offset language that makes Seattle liable to pay whatever a new team doesn’t:
So if Houshmandzadeh were to sign a veteran minimum deal of $850,000, the Seahawks would be liable for the remaining $6.15 million balance.
Seattle signed Houshmandzadeh to a five-year, $40 million contract last offseason, and Seattle will wind up having paid him $15 million for his one season with the Seahawks.
If the Seahawks are unable to generate a deal, Houshmandzadeh will be able to pick a new team of his choice. And whatever team he chooses will be getting one hell of a bargain, courtesy of the Seattle Seahawks and Paul Allen’s wallet.
By moving on without T.J. Houshmandzadeh, the front office is sending a clear message that their plans are to rebuild for future success. Seattle’s younger players will definitely play a prominent role this season.
With Tim Ruskell gone, none of his former acquisitions are safe. This is John Schneider’s (and Pete Carroll’s) team and only “their” players are protected.
“Sometimes you get a feeling when you’re that stepchild,” Josh Wilson told reporters following his trade to Baltimore. “You have feelings for your stepkids, you want to take care of them, but you don’t care of them like your own kids.”
T.J. Houshmandzadeh was Tim Ruskell’s big-time acquisition, and John Schneider is prepared to move on without him.
Tags: Adam Schefter, contract, football, John Schneider, Mike Williams, National Football League, nfl, Paul Allen, Pete Carroll, rumor, Rumors, Seahawks, Seattle Seahawks, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Tim Ruskell, trade, wide receiver
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune has an interesting report regard the T.J. Houshmandzadeh trade rumors. Of course, the Minnesota Vikings were the losers – or winners, I suppose – of the Houshmandzadeh sweepstakes last year but could have a shot at landing him if he becomes available.
Besides considering a “second shot” at acquiring Houshmandzadeh, Judd Zulgad, who wrote the article, mentions that the Seahawks could be looking to create room for another big-contract player: Vincent Jackson.
The Seahawks have been rumored to have serious interest in acquiring Jackson from the San Diego Chargers, but the price of compensating San Diego and a new contract may be too high.
From Zulgad’s article:
Now it appears the Vikings could have another shot at Houshmandzadeh – if they are interested. The Seahawks are actively shopping Houshmandzadeh, according to NFL sources. The story was first reported this afternoon by Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network.
Seattle is believed to be trying to unload Houshmandzadeh because it would like an opportunity to clear salary cap space to potentially add disgruntled San Diego wide receiver Vincent Jackson in a trade. Houshmandzadeh is due to make $7 million plus guaranteed this coming season.
Earlier this week, Brock Huard of 710 ESPN in Seattle discussed T.J. Houshmandzadeh’s future in Seattle. Huard pointed out that Houshmandzadeh may not fit in Seattle’s plans and could possibly be cut when the team trims down to 53 players this weekend.
According to Huard, Houshmandzadeh is a better fit as a slot receiver. Houshmandzadeh, however, may not be willing to accept a lesser role with the Seahawks. If his attitude becomes problematic and he doesn’t fit into future plans, the Seahawks might actually benefit from cutting him.
Last year, Houshmandzadeh signed a five-year deal, $40 million contract with the Seahawks. It wasn’t John Schneider’s deal, but the team still has a lot invested in Houshmandzadeh. Cutting him seems pointless, especially considering he is guaranteed more than $7 million in 2010.
Houshmandzadeh may be a better fit in the slot, but he was still Seattle’s most productive receiver in 2009. Though his statistics weren’t Pro Bowl worthy, Housh did catch 79 passes for 911 yards.
If the Seahawks cut Houshmandzadeh, they would be on the hook for a ton of money and lose their most productive receiver from the previous season. Planning for the future is okay, but dumping Houshmandzadeh without compensation seems foolish.
Today, several sources have reported the Seahawks are actively shopping Houshmandzadeh. They’re only rumors now, but a trade makes sense for Seattle if they’re looking to move forward without T.J.
From Jason La Canfora, who first reported the rumor via Twitter:
SEA trying to move TJ Houshmandzadeh, but unlikely anyone takes him on. WR due to make $7M-plus guaranteed in ‘10. He’s available, though.
A trade would definitely be preferable. But as La Canfora points out, there aren’t many teams who would be willing to deal for him – especially if the Seahawks are seriously considering cutting him.
T.J. is 32 years old and his salary is guaranteed in 2010. The Seahawks will be hard-pressed to find a trading partner; youth is always preferred around the league, and most teams will stay away from large, guaranteed contracts.
If Houshmandzadeh can remain a productive component of Seattle’s offense, the Seahawks should probably just retain him. John Schneider and Pete Carroll are obviously not fans of step children, but it would be too difficult to move every acquisition from the Tim Ruskell era.
If the Seahawks part ways with Housh, the team is sending a clear sign they’re planning to win tomorrow instead of today.
It has already been a busy week for the Seahawks and the rumors continue piling up. Pay attention; the next few days could be very interesting.
Tags: Brock Huard, contract, football, Jason La Canfora, John Schneider, National Football League, nfl, Pete Carroll, Rumors, Seahawks, Seattle Seahawks, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, trade, trade rumors, wide receiver
Pete Carroll and John Schneider both addressed the media at the VMAC yesterday. It was a very busy day for the Seattle Seahawks; the team finalized a deal that sent Josh Wilson to Baltimore, acquired an offensive tackle from Detroit, and restructured Leroy Hill’s contract.
The most unexpected move of the day came when Josh Wilson was traded to the Baltimore Ravens for a conditional fifth-round pick.
“This is an opportunity for us that came along to us because of our depth,” Pete Carroll said, regarding Wilson. “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.”
John Schneider, Seattle’s general manager, mostly agreed with Carroll: “Josh has been a factor here for several years now, and has done a great job in the community and everything. He’s very well respected. This was a team that was very aggressive in coming after Josh. They have a situation where they have a strong need. And as Pete said, it has more to do with the way Walter has stepped up, and the way Tru is playing and some of the younger guys.”
Surprisingly, the front office seems excited about the deal.
“It was one of those deals that comes along,” Schneider told reporters. “We get calls on players and we don’t do everything. But this was one of those deals we felt like we couldn’t pass up.”
The Seahawks received a conditional fifth-round pick for Wilson, but the final compensation will likely be a fourth-round pick based on Wilson’s expected contributions in Baltimore. A lot of fans think the Seahawks should have gotten more in return, but Schneider believes the trade met Wilson’s current market value.
“The market is different at different times,” he said. “Randy Moss was traded for a fourth-round pick. So it fluctuates. And right now with Josh in terms of value, we felt like it was at a level with him being an unrestricted free agent next year that it was at a point we felt was definitely fair.”
In the same volatile market only a few years ago, the Seahawks spent a first-round pick to acquire Deion Branch. Hopefully this deal works out better for the team.
Tags: Baltimore Ravens, cornerback, Deion Branch, football, John Schneider, Josh Wilson, Kelly Jennings, Marcus Trufant, nfl, Pete Carroll, Roy Lewis, Seahawks, Seattle Seahawks, trade, Walter Thurmond
Like most fans in Seattle, I don’t quite understand why the Seahawks traded cornerback Josh Wilson. In my opinion, Josh Wilson has been the team’s most productive and impressive defensive back the past two seasons.
Wilson always seemed to be fighting for a starting job during his time spent in Seattle. Pitted against Kelly Jennings, Ken Lucas, and other defensive backs, he always managed to earn playing time and overcome any competition.
While he certainly isn’t an elite defensive back, Wilson is a very good football player. Not many Seahawks are untouchable, but to dump Wilson for a late-round draft pick seems absurd. No doubt the Baltimore Ravens are happy to acquire him for such a bargain price.
Maybe the team is looking to build a group of larger defensive backs. But Josh Wilson played more physical than most of Seattle’s defenders and overcame his physical limitations on the field. Wilson frequently showed off sub-4.4 speed and playmaking ability to make up for his lack of size.
The emergence of young prospects played a role in Wilson’s departure, but I still don’t like letting him walk for a fourth- or fifth-round draft pick.
Roy Lewis and Walter Thurmond have both looked impressive in training camp and exhibition games, and the team probably won’t carry more than four cornerbacks on the 53-man roster. Marcus Trufant is healthy again, and Kelly Jennings is playing good enough to start on the opposite side.
Josh Wilson may have been expendable because of Seattle’s depth at his position, but I have to believe the Seahawks could have demanded more than a late-round pick for him. Considering Baltimore’s reported interest, one would have to assume the Seahawks should have had leverage in any negotiations that took place.
Maybe I’m just overreacting. Maybe Josh Wilson isn’t as good as I think he is; a homer bias can quickly turn good players in great ones.
Either way, best of luck to Josh Wilson in Baltimore. The Ravens are getting a good player for close to nothing and Wilson returns to Maryland where he played college ball.
Everyone involved seems to be a winner – except the Seahawks.
Tags: Baltimore Ravens, cornerback, defensive back, football, Josh Wilson, Kelly Jennings, Marcus Trufant, Maryland, National Football League, nfl, Opinion, Popular, Roy Lewis, Seahawks, Seattle Seahawks, trade, Walter Thurmond
The Seattle Seahawks have confirmed they acquired offensive tackle Tyler Polumbus from the Detroit Lions. While the specific compensation is unknown, it is reportedly an undisclosed pick in the 2012 draft.
Polumbus started eight games at right tackle for the Denver Broncos last season and was a hot commodity on the waiver wire last week. The Broncos waived him following Ryan Clady’s return from injury.
The Seahawks, Lions, and Texans all put in waiver claims for Polumbus last week. The Detroit Lions, who had the worst record of the bunch in 2009, were awarded the rights.
Polumbus does have starting experience, but he was noticeably worse than Ryan Harris, who started the first eight games of 2009 for Denver. Polumbus stepped in for Harris following an injury that kept him out for the second half of the season.
The Broncos obviously considered Polumbus expendable, so I wouldn’t get too excited about the acquisition. He does, however, offer Seattle something they don’t currently have: depth on the offensive line.
It is worth noting that Polumbus played with the Broncos in 2008 when Jeremy Bates was in Denver.
Because of his size, the Seahawks may be willing to gamble on Polumbus even after Denver dumped him. He is 6-feet-8, 300 pounds and has starting experience in the National Football League.
At the very least, it is a necessary move to bolster an offensive line struggling with injuries.
More breaking news from today: the Seahawks have traded cornerback Josh Wilson to the Baltimore Ravens for an undisclosed pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Wilson has started 24 games for the Seahawks since they selected him in the second round of the 2007 draft. Since Seattle traded its 2007 first-round pick to New England for Deion Branch, Wilson was the first player the Seahawks selected that year.
In three seasons, Wilson has recorded 130 tackles, 2 sacks, and 6 interceptions. Despite his lack of size – he is only 5-feet-9 and 192 pounds – Wilson developed into one of Seattle’s only playmakers on defense last season. Two of his six interceptions were returned for touchdowns.
Only 25 years old, Wilson will likely have an opportunity to compete for a starting job with the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens were reportedly very interested in acquiring Wilson, who played at the University of Maryland in college.
One can only hope Baltimore’s interest means a fourth- or maybe third-round pick for the Seahawks. Anything less seems like a bargain; Wilson is a capable starting cornerback and occasional playmaker at the professional level.
UPDATE: The Seahawks will reportedly receive a fifth-round pick from Baltimore in exchange for Josh Wilson. The pick could become a fourth rounder, depending on how many games Wilson starts.
The Seahawks have reportedly acquired offensive tackle Tyler Polumbus from the Detroit Lions. No word on compensation yet.
Following injuries to Russell Okung and Ray Willis, Seattle has obviously been desperate for tackle depth. Mansfield Wrotto has been starting at left tackle after making the switch from guard, and Chester Pitts is still a few weeks away from playing.
The deal makes sense for Seattle, assuming compensation is minimal. And it isn’t a complete shock that the Detroit Lions are, once again, Seattle’s trading partner.
More will be posted regarding this trade as it develops.
After the Miami Dolphins acquired Brandon Marshall, they rewarded him with a five-year $47.3 million contract. Marshall, considered by many to be an elite receiver, has averaged 102 catches, 1,237 yards, and 8 touchdowns per season since 2007.
Earlier this week, John Clayton reported that Vincent Jackson is asking for a similar five-year deal worth $50 million with $30 million guaranteed. According to Clayton, the Seahawks basically told Jackson thanks, but no thanks.
Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports reported a similar number, saying that Jackson’s agents want compensation comparable to Marshall, Lee Evans, Roy Williams, and Roddy White.
From Cole’s article:
All four of those other wide receivers, whose stats are comparable to Jackson’s at the point where they got a new contract, received deals that included at least $27 million in the first three years. Marshall, who was traded to the Miami Dolphins this past offseason, received the most recent and most lucrative deal among that quartet with $28.5 million.
The comparison to Marshall also is important because Marshall has a long history of off-field problems. Jackson has been suspended for the first three games of this season after pleading guilty to a second charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Prior to getting a new contract, Marshall was suspended earlier in his career, and has had at least four run-ins with the law. Among those are a domestic violence charge and a DUI charge.
To acquire Vincent Jackson, the Seahawks not only have to give him a huge, long-term contract, but they will also have to compensate the San Diego Chargers. And while it is uncertain whether the Chargers are seriously considering trading Jackson, A.J. Smith will not undersell one of his most talented assets.
Jackson is talented and productive, but bringing him to Seattle would require a huge investment.
The decision makers in Seattle’s front office are wise enough to make the correct choice; investing so much in another wide receiver may not be the best option right now.
Tags: A.J. Smith, Brandon Marshall, contract, contract details, football, John Schneider, Lee Evans, nfl, Roddy White, Roy Williams, San Diego Chargers, Seahawks, Seattle Seahawks, trade, vincent jackson, wide receiver
Jason La Canfora of NFL.com wrote an interesting article yesterday that explained Vincent Jackson’s roster-exempt status, a designation given by the San Diego Chargers last week.
Vincent Jackson is already facing a three-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, but could miss up to three more games from being placed on the roster-exempt list. According to La Canfora, Jackson could miss as few as three weeks or as many as six, depending on any potential trade.
From La Canfora at NFL.com:
According to an NFL spokesperson, if Jackson was traded and reported to his new club before the Sept. 4 deadline for final roster reduction, then his roster-exempt suspension would be served concurrently with the league-mandated suspension, and therefore Jackson could return to the active roster for Week 4.
If Vincent Jackson isn’t traded before the 6 p.m. (ET) roster deadline on Sept. 4, he faces missing six games this season even if he’s dealt after that.
In other words, if the Seahawks were to acquire Jackson before September 4th, he could return to the active roster for Week 4. If the Seahawks trade for Jackson after the deadline, he won’t return to the active roster until Week 7.
Coincidentally, the Seahawks face the Chargers in the third week in the regular season. If Seattle deals for Jackson, he won’t be able to face his former team regardless of when the trade occurs.
Jackson’s roster-exempt status, assuming he will eventually be traded to another team, should have an effect on his trade value. The difference between missing three or six games may seem minor in long-term planning, but Jackson’s short-term trade value could take a hit.
Assuming the team acquiring Jackson will reward him with a massive, multi-year contract, the suspension in 2010 should seem quite insignificant. Especially for a team like Seattle, who is focused on rebuilding and long-term success.
If Seattle is serious about acquiring Vincent Jackson, would they be wise to wait until after the deadline?
Santonio Holmes, the 2009 Super Bowl MVP, was suspended four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. After the suspension was announced, the Pittsburgh Steelers traded Santonio Holmes to the New York Jets for a fifth-round draft pick.
Holmes, a former first-round pick and only 26 years old, was probably a steal for the New York Jets. Like Vincent Jackson, Holmes’ trade value was lowered by off-field issues and league-mandated suspensions.
Jackson is probably a more accomplished, better receiver, but lowered value is good news for any team looking to acquire him.
Brandon Marshall, whose size, production, and talent are probably more comparable to Jackson than Holmes, was acquired for two second-round draft picks in consecutive years. But Marshall was not facing a suspension and was only traded because of his disgruntled attitude in Denver.
Jackson’s pending suspension is a minor, yet interesting development for anyone following the story closely. Obviously, anyone in Seattle is hoping that he can be had for a bargain price; I wouldn’t expect A.J. Smith to undersell his assets, but a new three-game suspension definitely won’t increase Jackson’s value.
Tags: A.J. Smith, Brandon Marshall, football, John Schneider, National Football League, nfl, Pete Carroll, Roster Exempt List, Rumors, San Diego Chargers, Santonio Holmes, Seahawks, Seattle Seahawks, suspension, trade, vincent jackson
A few days ago, it was reported that the Seattle Seahawks were given permission to discuss contract terms with wide receiver Vincent Jackson. While this news is promising for anyone hoping to see Vincent Jackson in Seattle, it does not mean a trade is imminent.
In fact, several additional reports have stated that the Seahawks have barely begun serious talks with Jackson’s agents. And without knowing Vincent Jackson’s demands, the Seahawks haven’t even started serious discussions about compensation with the San Diego Chargers.
Vincent Jackson has been compared by many to Brandon Marshall, who cost the Miami Dolphins a pair of second-round picks in consecutive drafts. Many people assumed the Chargers would demand similar compensation, requiring a package of early-round draft picks to move their talented wide receiver.
The Chargers, however, may be looking at a package that includes players rather than only draft picks.
According to Greg A. Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Randy Mueller was in Seattle to watch last night’s exhibition game against the Green Bay Packers. Mueller is the assistant general manager in San Diego, and his presence has fueled trade rumors and speculation. Bedard also reported that Mueller was in town to scout prospects for a possible Vincent Jackson trade.
It is uncertain what players Mueller had his eyes on last night, but don’t convince yourself he was looking at Deion Branch or another expendable player. Vincent Jackson is a real playmaker and I’m sure the Chargers want real value if they’re going to trade him.
Executing a trade that includes only players may be easier for Seattle; parting with multiple early-round picks could be devastating for a team focused on long-term success. Then again, without knowing San Diego’s exact demands, it is difficult to say what sort of package would be preferable.
What if San Diego wanted a package that included some of Seattle’s young talent? Like linebacker Aaron Curry or cornerback Josh Wilson? One would have the assume the front office wouldn’t move players like that, but is anyone untouchable after so much roster turnover this offseason?
In a perfect scenario, Seattle could acquire Vincent Jackson for some older, expendable players. Deion Branch and his contract are most certainly disposable; hopefully Randy Mueller was impressed with Branch’s touchdown catch last night.
The Seattle Seahawks have reportedly been granted written permission by the San Diego Chargers to discuss contract terms with wide receiver Vincent Jackson.
This doesn’t necessarily mean a trade is imminent – several sources have indicated that Seattle and San Diego are still far from completing a deal – but it could be the smoke that signals fire. And the news is definitely refreshing for anyone who wanted to see the Seahawks acquire Vincent Jackson.
For much of the offseason, the Seahawks have supposedly been interested in acquiring Vincent Jackson. They reportedly considering signing him as a restricted free agent, but Jackson never signed his tender. The San Diego Chargers have never made it clear if Jackson is available via trade, either.
Jackson, 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds, is the type of playmaker the Seahawks desperately need to help their offense. The San Diego Chargers were trying to retain Jackson with a long-term deal, but both sides became somewhat disgruntled through difficult offseason negotiations.
When Jackson refused to sign a one-year tender of $3.268 offered by San Diego, the team reduced the value to $583,000. To make things even more difficult, San Diego told Jackson he would be placed on the Roster Exempt List if he didn’t sign the reduced tender by yesterday. The designation means Jackson would be ineligible to play for three games following the day he signs and that he has to report by Week 8 in order to get his six games and accrued season.
Jackson has developed into one of the more productive deep threats in the National Football League, averaging over 17 yards per catch last season. San Diego seemed hesitant to pay him like a premier receiver, possibly due to minor problems off the field. Jackson has twice been charged with driving under the influence and is facing a three-game suspension whenever he plays again for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Like most premier players, however, the off-field issues may be worth dealing with if Jackson is productive. The last two seasons, he has averaged 64 catches, 1,133 yards, and 8 touchdowns.
In 2009, Seattle wide receivers averaged 11.5 yards per reception and caught only 8 touchdowns as a group. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who had the most success statistically, caught 79 balls for 911 yards (11.5 yards per catch) and 3 touchdowns. It is obvious that Seattle desperately needs a playmaking wide receiver who is capable of stretching the field vertically, and Vincent Jackson would immediately add credibility to an offense that averaged only 17.5 points per game last season.
Like any valuable asset, however, the San Diego Chargers will probably demand lofty compensation for their disgruntled wide receiver. Chargers general manager A.J. Smith already received a nice package from Seattle for Charlie Whitehurst, so expect him to accept nothing less than face value for Jackson.
Of course, the most reasonable comparison to Vincent Jackson is Brandon Marshall, who cost the Miami Dolphins a pair of second-round picks in consecutive years. Marshall is a more legitimate playmaker and one of the best receivers in the league, but acquiring Jackson will probably cost Seattle a similar fee.
Tags: A.J. Smith, Brandon Marshall, football, John Schneider, National Football League, nfl, Pete Carroll, Popular, Roster Exempt List, San Diego Chargers, Seahawks, Seattle Seahawks, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, trade, vincent jackson, wide receiver
Lawrence Jackson has reportedly been traded to the Detroit Lions for an undisclosed 2011 draft pick.
More details and opinion on the way.