The Seattle Seahawks would love to have an exciting, big play receiver. Seattle has been committed to the run, but a deep threat on the outside can sometimes help open up the running game. Sidney Rice may be that threat, but he is coming off surgery on both shoulders. Now that talks have broken down between Mike Wallace and the Steelers, should the Hawks investigate a trade?
Big play threat
Why would you go after someone like Mike Wallace? For the Seahawks, it is about a dependable and dynamic receiver. Yes, Sidney Rice may come back but he could also be an ongoing injury risk. Doug Baldwin may not get to the next level, Golden Tate could remain an average receiver and Antonio Bryant could prove to be too old to be effective. Granted, all of those receivers could be just fine, but if the receivers struggle, the Hawks may be hurting for an impact player.
The challenge with making a deal is that it sounds much simpler than it actually is. In addition, any trade could be expensive. To get Wallace, you would most likely need to give up a first-round pick. That may not seem like a lot of compensation for an established star that caught 72 balls for 1,193 yards last year. However, in the NFL teams guard those first-round picks, as they can be key parts of the future, particularly if the team does not do well. Maybe Pittsburgh would take a second-round pick, but that seems unlikely.
Now is the time
Granted, if Seattle were going to pursue a deal, now would be the time to get it done. Camp is opening up, and the coaching staff will be working hard to figure out their depth chart for the upcoming season. There is a little bit of time, but it can be disruptive when a new face shows up right before the start of the season. In football the various schemes run by teams can be very complicated, and it can be hard for a new guy to figure everything out at the last minutes.
Do I think this kind of deal will happen? Probably not. Still, it is an intriguing scenario and it would certainly make the Seahawks a dangerous team if they could bring in an athlete like Mike Wallace.
The author lives in Los Angeles, but grew up in Seattle and still roots faithfully for the Seahawks. He has been rooting for the Hawks since the old school days of Jim Zorn and Steve Largent. You can follow him on Twitter @tpheifer.
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