According to Carroll, the competition at corner in the preseason and in camp had created adequate depth enough to trade a projective starter. So, on Monday, Josh Wilson was shipped off to Baltimore for a fifth round pick.
Does this mean that Kelly Jennings is on the brink of reviving his career? Does this mean Marcus Trufant is back to the Pro Bowl form that earned him his big new deal after the ’07 season? Does this mean that Walter Thurmond and Roy Lewis are about to emerge as young playmakers in the new Carroll/Gus Bradley system?
Who knows, but it’s fair to ponder any possibility that would lead to the trading an as of late, solidified starter who has actually been one of Seattle’s more consistent and better players. God knows this team needs at least a couple of those.
The tender received for Wilson was a fifth round pick. Marginal to say the least for a player the Hawks drafted in the second round three years earlier. The bottom line way of thinking was could have been that with a third rounder next year gone, used for Hasselbeck’s heir apparent, the Hawks needed to reload some ammo, so they picked a random position with emerging depth and settled on corner. Just going on what Petey said.
Of course, if anybody were to be let at that spot go, the logical choice would’ve been first round bust Kelly Jennings right? Well, except for the fact that his trade value was nil to none. Josh Wilson had played well in recent years and shows versatility in a variety of ways in special teams as well. So instead of cutting Jennings, who had at least played somewhat well lately, why not get something in return? The team had invested a draft choice in Walter Thurmond III and are high on him in the Nickel package, as well as have been impressed by former UW standout Roy Lewis.
But who this move really highlights having a comeback role with the team could quite possibly be Jordan Babineaux. The Safety/Nickelback was probably at a loss for what his role was going to be after the drafting of Earl Thomas, re-signing of Lawyer Milloy and gathering of young safeties such as Kam Chancellor and Jamar Adams. This makes it quite possible that he will have a role in the defense in Nickel and Dime packages. But, interestingly enough, how about safety as well? When Schneider and Carroll drafted Thomas they were also impressed with his ability to get up on receivers in man to man coverage in Nickel and Dime packages. It’s conceivable that in those passing situations that Thomas would cozy up with the receiver while Big play Babs goes over to cover the safety spot. Just something to think about.
Now, while it may be infuriating that the Hawks have traded another young player with potential and that had actually been playing well, what is actually more frustrating to me is the little amount of value they got back from him. We’ve touched on how getting back some value in next year’s draft that has been lost is important, but when you look at Baltimore, and how absolutely desperate they were for secondary relief, you couldn’t help but think that Seattle could’ve received more. Despite being Ruskell’s second round pick, he was still a second round pick, and far from being able to be considered a bust. That’s a long way to fall in value for having played pretty well. Had Schneider held out for more, the worst case scenario is that they hold on to a starter and cut Roy Lewis, or sit Kelly Jennings on the bench. Oh well. Instead, they took the sure fire pick, and are gambling on youngsters and the comeback of big play Babs.
Though, one also can’t get too carried away in intrepreting the meaning of this. From the way Schneider talked it seemed as if the Seahawks very well might’ve stood pat in the secondary until the Ravens came inquiring about bringing the Maryland grad home. Simply put, the Team Carroll front office felt confortable with what they had and felt that in a rebuilding process and that there was no reason not to put Walter Thurmond and Roy Lewis a chance.