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Monday, April 27, 2009
Adding Lucas, Griffith would help Seahawks

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The expected and long-anticipated additions of cornerback Ken Lucas and fullback Justin Griffith, as noted by Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times, make sense after Seattle did not address either position in the draft.

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 Lucas

Whether the Seahawks consider former Bucs linebacker Derrick Brooks next could hinge on what happens with Leroy Hill, who became a free agent when Seattle withdrew the franchise player designation from him. The market for Hill could be a tough one this late in the process. Enough teams have salary-cap flexibility to consider him, but most have already made plans at linebacker. This is not the time to be looking for work in the NFL.

Lucas gives Seattle needed size and experience at cornerback. Josh Wilson will give him a tough run for the starting job, but Wilson has the makeup to defend the slot in nickel situations. The flexibility Lucas provides should help Seattle hold up better against bigger NFC West receivers such as, hmmm, Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree? We shall see.

Griffith steps into the void left when Seattle decided against bringing back Leonard Weaver. Griffith is more of a blocking fullback than Weaver, obviously, and he knows Greg Knapp's offense from their days together in Oakland.

The Lucas and Griffith additions would qualify as logical moves for the Seahawks. These moves would also make it easier to justify the decision to rescind Hill's offer. General manager Tim Ruskell and the Seahawks can turn this into a home run by getting a deal done with Hill despite any hard feelings that might linger from the decision to rescind the franchise tag.

Update: The Seahawks have announced these signings.