Thursday, February 21, 2013
Curry, Ruud and Jackson trades paying off
By Mike Sando
Recent draft choices Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright have become very good young linebackers for the Seattle Seahawks.
Two linebackers the team did not want on its roster could help the team as well.
The 2011 trade sending linebacker Aaron Curry to Oakland already returned a 2012 seventh-round choice used for potential starting guard J.R. Sweezy. The deal has also armed the Seahawks with a fifth-round choice in the 2013 draft.
Seattle has used fifth-round picks for Kam Chancellor, Richard Sherman, Korey Toomer and Mark LeGree since coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider took over in 2010. Chancellor has been voted to the Pro Bowl. Sherman has been voted to the Associated Press All-Pro team.
Another former Seahawks linebacker, Barrett Ruud, has returned a 2013 seventh-round choice to Seattle after never playing in a game for the Seahawks. Seattle traded Ruud to New Orleans last offseason after using a second-round choice for Wagner. Ruud wasn't likely to earn a roster spot in Seattle, but the Seahawks were able to trade him when New Orleans found itself in desperate need for help at linebacker.
Seattle has seven of its own choices in the 2013 draft, plus three acquired by trade.
In addition to the picks received for Curry and Ruud, Seattle has a 2013 seventh-rounder from Buffalo stemming from the Tarvaris Jackson trade. That pick could have upgraded to a higher round if Jackson would have played for the Bills.
Jackson became expendable to the Seahawks after the team signed Matt Flynn and drafted its eventual starter, Russell Wilson.