John McGrath of The News Tribune examines the possibility of the Seattle Seahawks securing a top-flight receiver like Kansas City’s Dwayne Bowe before the NFL trade deadline expires on Oct. 30. McGrath also looks at Seattle’s history of midseason trades.
As McGrath notes, traditionally NFL teams don’t make blockbuster moves during the middle of the season trade deadline like the Major League Baseball and the NBA.
Now, the Seahawks did move disgruntled linebacker Aaron Curry last October for a seventh rounder in this year’s draft and a conditional, fifth-round pick in 2013. Seattle also made a midseason trade for Marshawn Lynch with Buffalo in 2010, with the Seahawks giving up a fourth round pick in 2011 and a fifth rounder in 2012.
At 6-2 and 220 pounds, Bowe’s a talented receiver and would help Seattle. But I don’t think the Seahawks believe they are a receiver away from being a Super Bowl contender. Draft picks are valuable for this franchise when you look at Seattle’s ability to secure young talent through the draft, particularly in the latter rounds.
And I don’t believe the Seahawks would be willing to part with a young, talented player, particularly on defense.
Bowe’s contract also needs to be considered. At 28 years old, Bowe played under the $9.515 million franchise tender this season. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent in 2013 and wants a lucrative, long-term deal. And the Seahawks have traditionally not given big money to players nearing 30 years old, unless they are proven guys in their system like defensive end Chris Clemons.
You also have to consider fit in terms of scheme and personality, and I don’t know if Bowe necessarily meets those as well.
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