Tim Ruskell: Go All in On Larry Johnson—Your Payout Will Be a SB Win

Lars HansonAnalyst IMay 12, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 30:  Larry Johnson #27 of the Kansas City Chiefs carries the ball against the Oakland Raiders during an NFL game on November 30, 2008 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

This offseason, Tim Ruskell seams like he should be a professional poker player. He convinced the best WR in free agency, T.J Houshmandzadeh, to sign with a team that just went 4-12 over the Cincinnati Bengals and Minnesota Vikings.


Then Ruskell sent out all the smoke screens about drafting QB Mark Sanchez and wound up drafting the player they wanted all along—OLB Aaron Curry.


Then the best hand of “poker” that Tim Ruskell played was removing the franchise tag on LB Leroy Hill after the Seahawks drafted OLB Aaron Curry.


Before the draft, they offered him a six year $36 million contract. Five days after they rescinded the tag, they came to a contract agreement with Hill. Six years, $38 million.


Ruskell knew that if Hill signed elsewhere he was only going to get possibly $4 million. So he let Hill test the water, and once Hill realized that he wasn’t going to get more that what Seattle offered him, he went back to Ruskell and accepted the offer.


Ruskell didn’t show anyone his hand and wound up winning the pot. He saved the Seahawks about $3 million and kept Leroy Hill in the Seahawks top line backing corps with Tatupu and Curry.


Now Ruskell needs to win this last pot. His payout will be better than a world series of poker bracelet, better than a trip back to the playoffs, better than getting back to the NFC championship game, and better than just getting to the Super Bowl.


No, if Ruskell wins this hand of poker his payout will be a Super Bowl title.


The last pot is between the Seahawks' Tim Ruskell and Kansas City Chiefs GM Scott Pioli (on the middle of the table is Larry Johnson).


The Seahawks have 10 out of 11 positions filled to bring a Super Bowl to Seattle. The last one is running back.


The Seahawks have two first round picks (Denver’s and their own) while Kansas have top five RB Larry Johnson, who wants out and the Chiefs want to trade him.


Tim Ruskell needs to trade the Seattle Seahawks' first round pick (not Denver’s because that would be stupid) to the Chiefs for RB Larry Johnson. All of the pieces to the puzzle will be filled for the Seahawks to finally bring home a Super Bowl trophy to Seattle.


Think about this for the Seahawks. They already have a defense that could be the same as 2005. They have a great LB corps, a great DL, and a solid DB corps (the weakest part of the defense).


On offense they have an elite QB in Matt Hasselbeck (when healthy, which he is) and a top WR corps in Houshmandzadeh, Branch, and Nate Burleson. They have a great TE in John Carlson and a great OL (when healthy, which they are).


Now they just need a top running back to seal the deal.


Now, some people can make the argument that Johnson is not a team player and that he has had some off the field issues. Well, look at Leroy Hill, he was arrested for marijuana position and yet he still gets $15 million guaranteed. Plus Johnson wants out of KC and I don’t blame him.


If Johnson was traded to the Seahawks, which is what Ruskell needs to do, you could bet anything that he would become a team player in Seattle.


He would be much happier in Seattle because with him they have a Super Bowl-caliber team. And depending on whom they would play, a Super Bowl winning team.


Think about this; Greg Knapp has never finished below 10th in the NFL in rushing, and that includes the Oakland Raiders. Just imagine what he could do with Larry Johnson. Now Seattle would have a more explosive offense than Arizona and Philadelphia.


Plus Mike Solari was the offensive line coach in Kansas City so he already knows Johnson, so that’s an added bonus.


And one final note; the Seahawks trading their first round pick, which would be from 28-32, for Larry Johnson is better than any first round pick from 10-32. So it would be a great deal for Seattle and Kansas City