A day after the Seahawks’ played their preseason finale, their general manager played Let’s Make a Deal.
The team announced Friday that GM John Schneider made two trades on the eve of the league deadline to set a 53-man roster for the start of the regular season. The big deal sent former Lakes High School and University of Washington wide receiver Jermaine Kearse and a second-round draft choice to the New York Jets for 2014 Pro Bowl defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson.
The Seahawks produced a video tribute to say goodbye to Kearse, the Lakewood native and Seattle’s former undrafted free agent.
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The second trade was a seventh-round pick to New England for cornerback Justin Coleman.
Then the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported the Seahawks had agreed to send recently signed defensive back Tramaine Brock to the Minnesota Vikings.
The Seahawks are getting a seventh-round pick, conditional on how much and how well Brock plays for the Vikings.
Seattle also waived reserve tight end Steve Donatell.
And Schneider likely isn’t done.
The Seahawks are believed to be searching for trade partners to free themselves of defensive back Jeremy Lane’s $4 million guaranteed for 2017.
Plus, there’s this:
The Seahawks signed Brock on Aug. 15. The former starting cornerback for San Francisco, whom the 49ers cut after a domestic-violence arrest, didn’t practice this week for Seattle or play in Thursday’s win at Oakland that ended the preseason.
Brock was inside as a nickel back in his short stay with the Seahawks. They still wanted to get more experience outside at cornerback, with impressive rookie third-round pick Shaquill Griffin poised to play there this season, with Lane for now written in pencil for nickel.
Coleman, 24, has some of that. But he is 5 feet 11, 190 pounds, relatively small for a Seahawks outside corner, so Seattle may see him as an inside nickel back, too.
Coleman was an undrafted free agent from Tennessee signed into the league by the Vikings in 2015. He played in 20 games the last two seasons for the Patriots. Three of those were starts. He’s made 29 tackles and defended eight passes, with one fumble recovery. Coleman was on the Seahawks’ practice squad for exactly one day in September 2015. New England signed him off that.