According to the St Louis Post Dispatch , there have been a flurry of rumors among the local media and fan base that the struggling Rams could be looking to offload All-Pro running back Steven Jackson.
Although it's not likely to occur within the division, if a trade did go down, why not the Seattle Seahawks?
They have two first round draft picks, and what looks to be another selection around the 40-43rd pick (second round), as well.
The need for a running back in Seattle is more dire than any team in the league, except for maybe Cleveland. Julius Jones is plain awful and likely not to be retained after this season or, at the very least, Seattle can expect this to be his last season as a starter.
I love Justin Forsett and think he is a capable starter, but with the Seahawks seemingly (well, hopefully), already putting a running back down on their draft pick wish list, why not make a deal for one of the game's best if your already going to spend a high draft pick on a raw rookie?
Who is better, CJ Spiller, Jahvid Best, or Steven Jackson?
Rhetorical question, you should already know the answer.
Tim Ruskells pathetic replacements for former All-Pro players like Steve Hutchinson, Shaun Alexander, Walter Jones (injury), and Pro Bowler Robbie Tobeck, have all been completely inadequate.
Signing Mike Wahle when the chance was there to grab Alan Faneca was a huge mistake.
Julius Jones is terrible.
Sean Locklear is arguably one of the worst left tackles in the league.
Chris Spencer is the worst starting center in the league.
So after failing on Jones, and cutting veteran stopgap busts Edgerrin James and TJ Duckett (who was actually the most productive out of the three), why take a risk on a rookie when you can up the ante a bit and try to swing a deal for an All-Pro running back?
The Seahawks have needs, plenty, yes, first and foremost along the offensive line.
If they were to deal say, one of their first round picks, a late round pick, wide receiver Deion Branch, and linebacker David Hawthorne, wouldn't that be a great deal for both sides?
St. Louis needs wide receivers, and Deion Branch is a former No. 1 who has not panned out for the Seahawks. He arguably walks right in and becomes the Rams No. 1 receiver, and nothing lower then No. 2 behind Donnie Avery at the least. It would be a great situation for him to attempt to revive his once steady career.
Hawthorne is blocked in the Seattles linebacking unit and unless they plan on putting him at DE or switching to a 3-4, it seems his value on the trade market would be more valuable than the very spare role he plays as a backup.
Another one of Seattle's spare parts would also become an immediate starter for the Rams on defense. Pairing Hawthorne and Laurinitis gives the Rams a good young duo at linebacker for years to come.
The picks would allow them to find Jackson's replacement, albeit inferior, and strengthen the overall rebuilding process for the pathetic (even worse than the Hawks) Rams with more draft picks.
From Seattle's side, grabbing Jackson and holding onto two of their top three picks allows them to find the offensive lineman they desperately need. Whoever they choose (Russell Okung, Trent Williams), will likely slide in next to Walter Jones at left guard regardless of their college position.
With Unger at center and Locklear looking to shift back to right tackle, the hole at right guard could be filled through the free agent market. Finding an intimidating presence at RB and shoring up the offensive line, opens this entire offense up for Hasselbeck and the passing attack. Fixing the porous running game should be the first and foremost thing through rebuilding after the failed Ruskell era.
On defense, there are still needs to be addressed like at DE where Ruskell busts Cory Redding and Lawrence Jackson reside. The secondary also needs to be re-tooled, one career interception bust Kelly Jennings will not be retained unless it is in a severely limited reserve role.
With Josh Wilson looking like he is more suited for nickel duty and Ken Lucas' Seahawks future up in the air, cornerback seems to be another area that once again needs to be addressed.
Appealing free agents in an uncapped year include Dunta Robinson and Leigh Bodden, both of whom would be a good fit opposite of No. 1 cornerback Marcus Trufant.
The Seahawks could use their second round pick to take a role-playing dime back to take Jennings' place, or pluck the pass rusher they desperately need.
Safety appears to be set, as the Grant-Babinauex combo is decent. If the Seahawks can pluck some pass rushers on the open market, it would take some the pressure off of the overworked secondary.
There are many avenues this team can go down to fix the holes on the roster, hopefully they appoint someone capable of being a GM this time around.
The broken down pathetic running game is first on the docket though, and if it was a possibility, putting Steven Jackson in Seahawks' blue would sure look nice.