RENTAL – Unlike last several seasons, the Seahawks front is relatively calm as the NFL trade deadline approaches.
As stated on the NFL website, trading for 2021 will close at 4:00 pm ET (1:00 pm PT) next Tuesday.
In 2017, the Seahawks completed Duane Brown’s left-handed tackle contract. In 2019, Seattle traded Quandre Diggs for security a week before the deadline.
And last year, the Seahawks acquired defenseman Carlos Dunlap six days before the deadline.
If Seattle has something like that up its sleeve this year, it hasn’t been talked about so far.
And the reality is that Seattle has lost a lot of draft capital in recent seasons – Seahawks won’t get their first round pick next year due to the Jamal Adams deal – and since it’s unclear where this season is heading, Seattle may be more of a seller than buyer, if it is anything at all.
This may be especially true as it is generally accepted that the 2022 draft could be particularly strong and deep, in part due to college players staying in school for another year when all players were given an extra year of eligibility. Teams may be a little more avaricious to turn down picks in the 2022 draft than they have in recent years.
However, according to a report released over the weekend, one player that Seahawks may be carrying in trade negotiations and likely hoping to get a future draft pick is 2019 Round 1 player L.J. Collier.
Over the weekend, NFL.com wrote: “Seahawks have discussed Collier at various points in and before this season, and Collier is only 26 years old. A fresh start can make sense for all parties, especially with a lot of teams needing an edge. help.”
Seattle is, of course, one of the teams looking for help with the edge: just 13 sacks in seven games this season.
But the Seahawks didn’t seem to think Collier would help them much in this endeavor, as he has only been active in two games this season, against Tennessee and the Rams.
Coach Pete Carroll explained this week that one of the reasons Collier hasn’t been very active is the way the team is playing up front, shifting to a four-man line last week to kick off a game that included three tackles. : Pune Ford, Brian Monet and Al Woods.
In this setting, Woods is essentially playing a strong defensive endpoint, where Collier usually lines up. Carroll explained that this is similar to how the Seahawks used Red Bryant between 2012 and 2013.
“We play more,” Carroll said. “We play as wide as we can.”
However, Robert Nkemdiche has been an active player in the last two weeks in Seattle, ahead of Collier, who officially supported starter Kerry Haider. Collier is now third in that spot after starting all 16 games last season.
And unlike rookie season, when injuries limited Collier’s playing time to 152 clicks, health was not an issue.
Collier has played just 39 shots this season with three tackles and one quarterback hit, which is not what Collier or the team could have envisioned in his third season in the NFL after being taken on 29.th in general in 2019.
“He’s upset as he should be and, as you would expect, he wants to play,” Carroll said Wednesday. “He trains a lot every day and is great about it, but everything is here to play, not watch. It’s hard for him. “
What Seattle could get for Collier would almost certainly pale in comparison to the pickaxe they used to get him.
As a reminder, the Seahawks dropped the pick only in the fifth round to get Diggs, and the seventh round for a player who was a proven starter and had two years of contract left. And Seattle turned down a seventh-round pick of the never-used striker BJ Finney in favor of Dunlap.
And since Collier is on a rookie contract, next year’s ceiling will be the largest in four years at $ 3.4 million, including a guaranteed salary of $ 986,324, which would be a reason for Seahawks to explore options with Collier, but also then, what commands to trade. for him you have to think.
At this point, the biggest question may be whether Collier will be out of action again on Sunday against Jacksonville and when he will be able to enter the field again.
Collins, Metcalfe, sedentary practice
Six players did not train at Seahawks on Thursday, including host D.C. Metcalfe (foot) and RB Alex Collins (groin).
Collins suffered a groin injury after playing the Steelers and also missed two days of training last week before starting against the Saints.
Metcalfe has been treating a leg injury since the week of October 3 against the 49ers and has trained from time to time since then.
Left tackle Duane Brown also served time due to illness.
The other three dropped out – defending quarterback Marquise Blair, who was out for a year with a knee injury and is likely to be transferred to the reserve this week, while defenders grabbed Woods and Ford as resting veterinarians.
The limited list included Brandon Schell (ankle), MLB’s Bobby Wagner (resting veterinarian) and quarterback Damien Lewis (shoulder).
For Shell, this is an upgrade from Wednesday, when it sat with an injury sustained during its penultimate match on Monday night.
Carroll said Lewis is expected to play after losing against the Saints.
The rest of the 53 players were full-fledged members, including defenseman Darrell Taylor, who is expected to return against the Jaguars after sitting out against the Saints with a neck injury sustained against the Steelers.