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Seattle Seahawks: Sign Ken Lucas

NFL News And RumorsAnalyst IApril 27, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 21:  Cornerback Ken Lucas #21 of the Carolina Panthers interfears with wide receiver Domenik Hixon #87 of the New York Giants on December 21, 2008 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

The Seahawks recently rescinded the franchise tag on LB Leroy Hill. I have been critical of the move, but it does open up 8.3 million dollars in cap room.

They have already met with former Seahawks CB Ken Lucas, who was cut by the Carolina Panthers in a cost cutting move earlier this offseason

The Seahawks currently have Pro Bowl CB Marcus Trufant. Besides that, they have CBs Kelly Jennings, who in three seasons has had only one interception, and Josh Wilson, who is incredibly inconsistent, but showed brief flashes of being a playmaker.

Wilson had four INTs last season, but two came in a 13-3 defensive beatdown of the playoff hopeful New York Bretts.

The Seahawks ranked dead last in pass defense in 2008, giving up 259.3 yards per game. While injuries plagued the secondary as well as the entire team, that is (and should not be) the sole blame for a dismal season of coverage and tackling.

The Seahawks did not add any CB's in the draft, and added one S, Courtney Green, out of Rutgers.

Lucas has plenty left to offer and could pick up right where he left off starting opposite of Marcus Trufant. That would allow the Seahawks to slide Wilson and Jennings to the nickel and dime slots, it's a toss up between those two and those two spots.

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Lucas has also visited the Chicago Bears, whom he met with before his trip to Seattle, but said a contract was not even brought up: "To be honest, we never spoke contract at all, it was me really just coming to Chicago just to get a feel for the coaches, the personnel department. Contract was not even spoken or talked about."

The Bears also just recently gave up a bunch of assets by trading for whinging QB Jay Cutler, sending two first-round picks, (2009, 2010), a third-round pick, and starting QB Kyle Orton, while also receiving a fifth-round pick along with Cutler.

(And one of those 2010 picks belongs to Seattle, thanks McDaniels, Bowlen, Xanders!)

On an interesting side note, Orton has a record of 21-12 in games he's started, Cutler has a 17-20 record.

They also signed one of the other players who was present when Lucas was visiting, Pro Bowler T Orlando Pace, to a three year $15 million deal. That signing gives the Bears a good offensive line to block for their new franchise QB.

With what the Bears have given up, and the money put forward for Pace, it seems less likely the Bears will pursue Lucas anymore.

The Bears already have Charles Tillman and Nathan Vasher; if Lucas was brought in, he would most likely have to fight for Vashers' spot.

If he went to Seattle, he would be a virtual lock for a starting CB spot. Wilson and Jennings are not at his level, and I think anyone could agree with that.

Lucas also has the familiarity factor in Seattle since he had previously played their. Seattle would also be able to offer more then the Bears could probably.

With the 2010 first round pick we got in a steal of a trade with Denver, we could be looking at drafting S Taylor Mays out of USC, a secondary of Trufant, Lucas, Mays, and a healthy Deon Grant would be formidable

It's looking as if a deal will get done, they would not release Hill if they were not going to use the money.

They addressed LB, OL, WR, in the draft, leaving only DB to fix up in free agency.

Bring back a familiar face Ruskell, sign Ken Lucas.

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