2012 NFL Trade Odds: 4 Players the Seattle Seahawks Could Make a Play for
Marshawn Lynch had two seasons left on his contract when he was acquired for a pair of fifth-round picks in 2010. He just signed a four-year extension that will keep him in Seattle for most of his productive years, making him one of their better trade acquisitions.
There are a few hurdles to high-profile trades.
Perhaps the biggest is that teams can face difficult salary cap hits. Any pro-rated portion of signing bonuses hit the team's cap the year in which a player is dealt, or spread across two years if dealt after June 1. The dead weight for elite players with large bonuses makes it difficult, particularly in the early years of a contract.
Still, players like Carson Palmer and Richard Seymour have been dealt for high draft picks.
There are a few accessible players on the horizon that would make a solid impact on the Seahawks' roster.
John Carlson for Osi Umenyiora
The obvious issue here is that John Carlson isn't under contract with the Seahawks. However, the recent signing of Marshawn Lynch opens up the franchise tag for the Seahawks. The franchise tag would bring a $5.4 million salary next season, which is close to what the top remaining free-agent tight end can expect on the open market.
His real free-agent value should be closer to $4 million a season, but inferior players at the position have received large contracts. Carlson is the best tight end scheduled to reach free agency and there are teams that will be pursuing him.
The New York Giants have depth and talent on the defensive line and will most likely lose Umenyiora in free agency next season. They will have several key free agents to deal with, including Victor Cruz and Mathias Kiwanuka.
They have a distinct need for a tight end next season. Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum will likely start the season on the bench or the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Carlson would be an upgrade at the position and give them a healthy body.
Quarterback in 2013 Draft
Perhaps this is cheating, as this is for one of a few players. However, the Seahawks are looking for the future at the quarterback position and don't appear to be in a position to make that move this offseason, shy of going all-in on Matt Flynn.
Even if the Seahawks manage to ink him to a deal, they may still be looking for a QB in the 2013 draft.
There are a few teams that need an upgrade at tight end. The Seahawks may not be in a position to spend $12 million on two tight ends, but they are in a position to place the franchise tag on him and work on a new contract or a trade partner.
The Giants obviously have a need at tight end and will be looking to build on their team to make another run at the Lombardi Trophy in 2013. They may not want to surrender player or draft capital that could help with that run, but giving up a high pick in 2013 could be more palatable.
Ben Obomanu for Patrick Trahan and a 7th-Round Draft Pick
This would hardly be a blockbuster deal, but it would help both squads.
The Chicago Bears are woefully thin at wide receiver and need to add quality options at the position. Ben Obomanu has starting experience in the NFL and would likely garner a starting spot on the current Bears roster.
Patrick Trahan is hardly a proven NFL player but he does offer some help at a position of need. He isn't likely to see much playing time in Chicago, and would likely end up being little more than depth and a special teams contributor in Seattle.
The seventh-round draft pick could prove to be more valuable to the Seahawks, as there are several late-round prospects that show promise. It would open up a few possibilities for the team during the draft.
4th-Round Draft Pick and a Wide Receiver for Peyton Manning
In under a week, the Indianapolis Colts are likely to cut Peyton Manning without receiving any compensation. While a mid-round pick and a No. 3 receiver pales in comparison to Manning's worth, it is more than they will likely receive.
There are three potential landing spots in the NFC West alone. While the San Francisco 49ers are an unlikely destination, the Arizona Cardinals are one of the top players for Manning if he hits the free-agent market. If they can land Manning and re-tool their offensive line, they would become a major contender.
The Seahawks would also become a real contender with the addition of Manning. They just re-signed Marshawn Lynch, and most of the rest of their offensive talent is under contract through 2014 or 2015. The time for them to make a bold move at quarterback has come.
The arguments against Manning are plentiful, particularly under a trade scenario. The Seahawks would either need to convince him to restructure his pending $28 million signing bonus in just a few days' time, or they would be tied to him—and his uncertain health—for the next few seasons.
Manning's recent throwing session at Duke University leaves a lot of optimism that he will be back on the field and healthy in 2012.
Making a play for Manning would be the ultimate risk/reward for the Seahawks. If he returns to the field as the MVP-caliber player he's been, the Seahawks become a favorite in the NFC.
If he isn't able to return, they'd take a huge hit relative to the salary cap.
Fans want to see a championship in Seattle, and No. 18 is their best chance to make that happen with the current roster.