Let's Make a Deal: Trades Seahawks Need To Make Before The Deadline

Nathan MarraContributor IOctober 20, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - OCTOBER 04:  Deion Branch #83 of the the Seattle Seahawks is pictured during the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 4, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The trade deadline is 4:00 Eastern today, and rumors are swirling around. The Seahawks have 1 player-Deion Branch-that has been rumored to be moved before the deadline is up. However, he isn't the only player who could get moved. Darryl Tapp, a situational pass rusher, could get moved as well. Other names out there include Kelly Jennings, Jordan Babineaux, and Seneca Wallace. I think there is about a 55% chance that Branch gets moved, while about 25% for everybody else listed. I have 2 deals that the Seahawks can, and should make, to improve the team going forward:

Trade #1:

Deion Branch and Jordan Babineaux to the Atlanta Falcons for Erik Coleman.

Coleman is a solid safety, probably the best on the Falcons roster, but the team needs a #3 WR after losing Harry Douglas. Who do they have? Brian Finneran. Right.

Babineaux is a decent fill-in until the Falcons find a solution, and Branch can be that WR they need. Heck, he might even be the #2 receiver over Michael Jenkins. This gives the Hawks a solid safety to improve their situation at that spot. to fill the empty WR slot, I say sign Courtney Taylor as the #4 or 5 receiver.


Trade #2:

Patrick Kerney to the Jacksonville Jaguars for a 2nd round pick.

Kerney is getting older, but the Jags desperately need some pass rush alongside John Henderson. Kerney can provide a decent pass rush, and the Seahawks can improve their future with a 2nd rounder. Jack Del Rio is doing all he can to save his job, and Kerney might help with that.

to fill the extra roster spot, sign Baraka Atkins.


this helps out the Seahawks near and long term future. The get a solid safety who can start for the next 3-4 years, and they get a 2nd round pick to help out their needs. in exchange, they give up an injury fill in safety/decent short-term replacement, an aging pass rusher, and an overpriced #3 WR. Make it happen, Ruskell.