Pete Carroll and John Schneider, the brain trust of the Seahawks, have now completed six trades in the past two months, all of them involving veteran players.
After a couple of iffy-value deals involving quarterbacks in March, the Hawks nailed it on draft weekend in trades that brought them veteran running backs and more.
Gone are guard Rob Sims, defensive end Darryl Tapp, and quarterback Seneca Wallace. Arriving are defensive linemen Chris Clemons, Robert Henderson and Kevin Vickerson, running backs Leon Washington and LenDale White, and quarterback Charlie Whitehurst.
The Seahawks also picked up seven draft choices (one in 2011) and gave up six (one in 2011).
Overall, we give the Seahawks a record of 3-2-1 and a trade grade of B.
Here’s a look at each trade and an early take on whether the Seahawks won or lost in the deal:
Wallace to Cleveland
Details: On March 8, the Hawks get a conditional seventh-rounder (possible sixth) in 2011.
Analysis: Considering Mike Holmgren wanted Wallace more than the Seahawks wanted to get rid of him, this was a bad deal. The Hawks surely could have secured a pick in this year’s draft at the very least, if not a fifth-rounder next year. It’s a minor quibble, but the Hawks seemingly could have done better.
Tapp to Philadelphia
Details: On March 16, the Hawks sent DE Darryl Tapp to Philadelphia for DE Chris Clemons and a fourth-rounder, which turned into DE E.J. Wilson.
Analysis: The Hawks got two ends for the price of one. Wilson is a bigger, more conventional 4-3 end, while Clemons figures to fight for a spot as an Elephant man (Carroll’s standup rush position).
Whitehurst from San Diego
Details: On March 17, Seattle acquired QB Charlie Whitehurst and a second-round pick (60) from San Diego for a second-rounder (40) and a 2011 third-rounder.
Analysis: If Whitehurst were a rookie third-round pick, a straight-up swap of seconds would have been enough. But he is a former third-rounder who had been around for a few years and is more NFL ready than a rookie. Thus, a little more was required. But the Hawks overvalued him considering his inexperience. In addition to the swap of seconds, a 2011 fifth-rounder surely would have been the most they needed to give up. Yes, the Hawks ended up getting great value at No. 60 with receiver Golden Tate, but that doesn’t change the fact that the Hawks gave up too much for Whitehurst. Everyone who knows the business of the NFL will agree on that.
Sims to Detroit
Details: On April 5, Seattle sent OG Rob Sims and a seventh-rounder to Detroit for DE Robert Henderson and a fifth-rounder, which turned into big safety Kam Chancellor.
Analysis: Even though he was Seattle’s best lineman in 2009, Sims obviously was not the kind of lineman Alex Gibbs wanted. This deal could tilt either way, depending on how the players perform over the next few years.
White from Tennessee
Details: On April 24, Seattle acquired RB LenDale White, DT Kevin Vickerson, a fourth-rounder (CB Walter Thurmond) and a sixth (TE Anthony McCoy) from Tennessee for a fourth and sixth.
Analysis: This could be a huge win for Seattle, which got four players for trading down seven spots in the fourth and nine spots in the sixth. White could turn into Seattle’s main back, Thurmond could be a starter by 2011, and McCoy was considered a third-round prospect. So why were all of these guys available? White was no longer wanted by the Titans, Thurmond is recovering from an ACL injury and McCoy is a character risk. Still, four players for two late draft picks is pretty darn good.
Washington from Jets
Details: On April 24, Seattle acquired RB Leon Washington and a seventh-round pick (DE Dexter Davis) from the New York Jets for a fifth-round pick.
Analysis: The Jets drafted USC RB Joe McKnight to replace Washington, so the Hawks were happy to take Washington off their hands. They also got a speedy Elephant candidate in Davis. If Washington is healthy and plays like he did with the Jets (and the Hawks can re-sign him), this deal will be a monster win. If not, the Hawks didn’t give up much for him—and still might have a consolation prize if Davis is any good.