Alas, the Seahawks did not make a deal before the league’s deadline for trades.
The only ones surprised are those who believe everything they read and hear.
Unlike in Major League Baseball or the National Basketball Association, the National Football League is the land of the hard salary cap and the even harder trick of integrating dominant players and personalities into a locker room plus a team-rooted system in the middle of a season. So a prominent deal each autumn before the trade deadline is rare.
Unless, of course, it involves the insubordination and disruption that was Percy Harvin in Seattle. The Seahawks found a familiar former team executive and now general manager of the New York Jets to take the wide receiver off their hands on Oct. 17. The noise that trade is still generating nationally shows how rare it was.
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Seattle’s only roster moves Tuesday were waiving wide receiver Phil Bates and tight end Brett Brackett, likely in hopes of getting one or both to its practice squad if no other team claims them before Wednesday afternoon at the end of the 24-hour waiver period. The team had signed Brackett last week and Bates off its practice squad Saturday. Brackett played one snap at tight end Sunday in the Seahawks’ win at Carolina. Bates had three snaps at wide receiver and three more on special teams.
The league’s official transactions wire did not list any corresponding additions, so the Seahawks have two open spots on their active roster.
But all that time and breath spent on the possible destinations of Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch, Tampa Bay receiver Vincent Jackson and former Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons, currently in Jacksonville, prior to Tuesday afternoon’s deadline? Wasted.
The Seahawks (4-3) will, for now, go with what they already have for the final nine games of the regular season beginning Sunday at CenturyLink Field against the winless Oakland Raiders (0-7).
Coach Pete Carroll is counting on the upcoming return of several injured players to make the team whole for the first time this fall. Nickel cornerback Jeremy Lane, who’s been out six weeks with a groin injury, will come off the injured-reserve-with-
designation-to-return list next week to play against the New York Giants (3-4). Defensive back Eric Pinkins is currently eligible to come off the non-injury football list.
Carroll said starting center Max Unger (sprained foot), cornerback Byron Maxwell (strained calf) and reserve defensive tackle Jordan Hill (sprained ankle) have chances to play against the Raiders on Sunday.
Two starters apparently aren’t going to be back soon. Middle linebacker Bobby Wagner, who has missed the past two games, remains out with a turf toe injury but had progressed last weekend to a walking boot from a cast that had been from his toe to just below the knee. Tight end Zach Miller is still recovering from an ankle surgery. He has missed the past four games.
Wagner and Miller traveled to North Carolina with the team last weekend and each saw a specialist for his injury. Carroll said those doctors didn’t give any timetable of when each player might play again.
As the lack of trades indicates, the Seahawks are willing to rely on the relatively young talent base that got them to win last season’s Super Bowl. That, plus a return to health and better execution and rhythm on what has been an evolving offense since Harvin left to make a push for this season’s playoffs.
That doesn’t preclude the team from adding to particular areas of need — the offensive and defensive lines — through waiver acquisitions or free-agent signings in the coming weeks.
Yet Carroll had hinted on Monday that Tuesday would be quiet.
“I like the guys in our spots. We’re very familiar, very comfortable with how we’re using the receivers and fitting guys in with the rotations and all that,” Carroll said, referring specifically to the offense the last two games since the trade of Harvin. “So we just have to keep growing and see if we can continue to catch on here.”