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Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Seattle worse without Grant, for now

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

For all the criticism Arizona took after losing safety Antrel Rolle, the Cardinals did show they had a plan by quickly acquiring replacement Kerry Rhodes.

The Seahawks' plan after releasing safety Deon Grant isn't yet evident.

The team decided Grant wasn't the answer. No surprise there. Teams with new general managers and coaching staffs make these sorts of judgments. It's only March, after all, and there's plenty of time to put together rosters.

That can be difficult to remember when teams subtract proven talent from their rosters without immediate upgrade options. The Seahawks became worse in the short term Monday after releasing Grant, even if his $4 million price tag for 2010 was too high.

Perhaps they can find a starting safety in the draft. Perhaps another veteran will appeal to them. In the meantime, Jordan Babineaux and Jamar Adams are the only safeties on the roster. Neither would be the top safety for any other team in the division unless Oshiomogho Atogwe left the Rams.

Pro Bowl safety Darren Sharper is out there and he was with the Packers when Seahawks general manager John Schneider worked for Green Bay, but paying big money for a 34-year-old safety wouldn't make a great deal of sense for a team that believes in building around younger players. Besides, the Seahawks could re-sign Lawyer Milloy for much less if they sought a veteran safety familiar with coach Pete Carroll.

Atogwe could become a free agent in June. Eric Berry could be available when Seattle picks at No. 6. Taylor Mays' ties to Carroll make him potentially intriguing.

It's tough to know who will line up at safety for Seattle in the season opener. Eliminating Grant from the equation was the easy part.