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Trading WR Branch for RB Thomas Jones? Probably not

Post by Eric Williams on May 15, 2009 at 10:52 am with 1 Comment »
May 15, 2009 10:52 am

Michael Lombardi of the National Football Post suggests that if he were the Seattle Seahawks general manager he would look to bolster the team’s running back situation by reuniting Thomas Jones with younger brother Julius Jones in Seattle.

It’s been well-documented that Thomas Jones is unhappy with his contract situation in New York.

Lombardi proposes the Seahawks using wide receiver Deion Branch as trade bait to get Thomas Jones from the New York Jets. Lombardi points out the Jets need a receiver with Laveranues coles now with Cincinnati, and suggests that the Seahawks could afford to part with Branch now that the team’s receiving corps appears to have more depth with T.J. Houshmandzadeh and rookie Deon Butler in the fold.

Lombardi also believes the Seahawks duo of Julius Jones and T.J. Duckett will not get it done in 2009. He says Julius Jones is too injury prone and Duckett doesn’t have enough quickness to be effective in Greg Knapp’s zone blocking system.

While I respect Lombardi’s opinion on league matters because of his experience with the NFL, I disagree with his assessment here.

I don’t believe Hawks general manager Tim Ruskell is willing to give up on Branch yet, particularly after the way Branch played at the end of last season.

Further, I think Ruskell understands that things can go south quickly with a few injuries at receiver, and will keep Branch around because of his play-making ability and added depth because he doesn’t want to go through what happened in 2008 again.

I also believe Duckett has enough quickness to be effective in the offense, and already proved that while playing in the same offense for Knapp in Atlanta. Duckett’s also dropped a few pounds, and will not be called upon to carry the full load for Seattle. I think expanding his short-yardage role and letting him carry the ball 10 to 15 times a game isn’t too much to ask from Duckett.

Seattle also can get big-play ability from elusive, quick backs like Justin Forsett and Devin Moore to add versatility to the team’s running game.

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