The situation at wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks has been interesting to say the least this season. Yesterday proved to be no different following a series of moves, and today could very well take things up another notch with the NFL's trade deadline looming.
As a quick refresher for anyone keeping score at home, Ben Obomanu is out for the season, Doug Baldwin and Braylon Edwards are iffy against Minnesota on Sunday and rookie Jermaine Kearse is in.
Everyone else for the moment should be good to go, but could the 'Hawks make a move to either add and/or subtract from the mix?
Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke put together a list of players he believes could be traded at the deadline on Thursday and included the 'Hawks' Braylon Edwards.
• Braylon Edwards, WR, Seahawks: After Edwards was scratched from Sunday’s game against Detroit with a swollen knee, the NFL Network’s Ian Rapaport speculated that the Seahawks might have other plans for Edwards.
“He’s been a target for some teams in the market for a WR, I’m told. Needs to be healthy for it,” Rapaport tweeted.
Edwards has been a virtual non-entity in Seattle this year, making eight catches for 74 yards. Still, his athleticism and prior success could garner some interest from other teams.
Perhaps, but would the 'Hawks really get much in return for Edwards?
Doubtful, yet if he could net them a late-round draft pick, it could then set up (and justify) another move by general manager John Schneider for arguably the best player potentially available, Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe.
If we read a little further into Burke's post, he believes:
The Chiefs would be looking at a compensatory pick likely in the third-round range should Bowe leave in free agency, so that’s the starting point for any potential trade offers sent Kansas City’s way. Any team willing to part with more than that probably would want Bowe signed beyond 2012, so that’s a hefty task to accomplish prior to this week’s deadline. But there are few impact players available out there like Bowe, so he may be worth the risk.
It seems like wishful thinking that the 'Hawks would make any moves, let alone two; meanwhile, it also strikes me as a bit out of character for this front office. Then again, you never know what coach Pete Carroll and Schneider are capable of doing if given the chance, as Bowe is certainly someone worth inquiring about.
Think of it as an odd addition by subtraction?
On paper, pairing him with Sidney Rice, and to a lesser extent Golden Tate, in theory sounds brilliant. So far this season Tate has had some bright moments, while Rice has (knock on wood) been healthy. Adding Bowe could then give quarterback Russell Wilson three legitimate options to stretch the field.
However, if we assume that the 'Hawks stand pat at the deadline, we're once again left crossing our fingers that someone in the current mix can step up. Following the win against New England, I had hoped that would be the veteran Edwards, yet that seems less and less likely with each passing week.
Making matters worse is that the person the 'Hawks arguably need most right now is Doug Baldwin. Unfortunately Baldwin has been struggling with injuries all season, and according to coach Pete Carroll by way of Danny O'Neil at the Seattle Times is, "going to be a longshot for him to make it back," at least for this week.
I suppose we will need to wait and hope that another undrafted free agent rookie in Jermaine Kearse can achieve what Baldwin did a year earlier by not only making the team, but making a difference.
If either Kearse or Baldwin can step up some time soon, then everyone may soon forget about Dwayne Bowe, otherwise he may haunt us for the rest of the season.
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