Seahawks Notes: Peterson, Balmer, Jackson and Whitehurst
The second installment of Seahawks Notes is here and with the Seahawks being active in the trade market the past two days the topics are flying in.
After the Seahawks 20-18 win over Tennessee last Saturday Pete Carroll said after the game there were a lot of positives as well as negatives and those negatives would be worked out over the next week or so.Well apparently Carroll saw something he didn’t like in defensive end Lawrence Jackson, a former USC Trojan and today traded him to the Detroit Lions.
So with that being said here is this weeks Seahawks Notes.
Seahawks cut running back Adrian Peterson: No, not that Adrian Peterson, he’s still in Minnesota. Last week Seattle signed former Bears running back Adrian Peterson and now less than a week later cut Peterson to make room for newly acquired defensive end Kentwan Balmer.
Peterson wasn’t seen as a major addition so his release is just a sideline note this week.
Seattle has of now Leon Washington, Julius Jones, Justin Forsett, Louis Rankin and Quinton Ganther at running back but rest assured Seattle won’t keep more than four on the roster, most likely three.
Seahawks acquire Kentwan Balmer from San Francisco: I already mentioned yesterday that the Seahawks acquired former first-round pick Kentwan Balmer from the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for a sixth-round pick in 2011.
Seattle’s major question mark has been the defensive line and who will be putting presure on the opposing quarterback. Patrick Kerney retired. Darryl Tapp was traded to Philadelphia. Cory Redding sign with Baltimore in free agency. Those were the Seahawks three main defensive sackers’ last season.
Now the team is looking at free agent acquisition Ricky Foley, Chris Clemons and Red Bryant who has been converted from defensive tackle to defensive end this off-season.
Balmer now takes the outside role as a five-technique pass-rusher for the Seahawks. Balmer was the 29th pick in the 2008 NFL draft by San Francisco 49ers. At the time Seattle was expected to select Balmer due to the teams defensive tackle needs at the time.
Seattle passed on Balmer and selected USC defensive end Lawrence Jackson with the 28th overall pick.
Seahawks trade Lawrence Jackson to Detroit for sixth-round pick: Irony strikes twice this off-season in the form of a trade involving a former USC Trojan. Today, a day after Seattle acquired Kentwan Balmer from San Francisco the team shipped off former first-round pick Lawrence Jackson to the Detroit Lions in exchange for a sixth-round pick in 2011.
The irony being Seattle acquired Lendel White from the Tennessee Titans, a former running back under Pete Carroll at USC this off-season and then two months later released him. Now Lawrence Jackson, already left over from the Ruskell/Holmgren/Mora regime is the latest Trojan to be shipped off by Carroll this off-season.
As stated above Jackson was selected with the 28th overall pick in the 2008 NFL draft by Tim Ruskell, the Seahawks former GM. Yesterday Seattle acquired Kentwan Balmer, the 29th overall pick in 2008 to replace him. Two years later did Seattle’s new regime make the right switch?
We will have to wait and see.
Charlie Whitehurst impresses: The most shocking move this NFL off-season came in the form of former San Diego Chargers third-string quarterback being traded to Seattle in exchange for a swap of second-round picks and a third-round pick in 2011.
Shocking considering Whitehurst has never thrown a NFL regular season pass in his career and the price Seattle spend, along with a two-year, $10 million dollar contract is what makes the move an interesting one around the NFL.
Saturday Pete Carroll unvailed his second-string quarterback to the NFL against the Tennessee Titans in a pre-season game, so judge it your way.
In the game Whitehurst was outstanding against Tennessee’s mix of first-and-second string defensive players throwing for 214 yards and two touchdowns in two quarters. The most electrifying touchdown Whitehurst threw came on a 51-yard touchdown to Mike Williams, who is trying to turn his career around in Seattle.
All indications are both players, Williams and Whitehurst will make the team and both could be long term solutions for Seattle at wide receiver and quarterback respectively.
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