This week the Seattle Seahawks, the front office made news, by trading for Pro-Bowl DE Carlos Dunlap, from the Cincinnati Bengals, All the media and fans alike, have been screaming for the Hawks’, to add a real pass rusher, to help this fumbling defense. Well, they heard from you. Fast forward 24 hours later, and the need to add to this defense remains. While the pass rush was a giant hole, in which they helped, it is the back end of the defense that worries me. The hawks have two good not great corners, in Quinton Dunbar and Shaq Griffen, but behind those two it gets bad. The need is evident the moment one of these two is not on the field. Hence the article, I have looked for solid trades and free agents who could come in and help boost this defense, right away.
1) Trade: Stephon Gilmore
It goes without saying that Gilmore, would help any defense in the NFL. Currently considered the best, if not pretty darn close to the best, corner in the league. Adding a player of his caliber would give the Hawks’ an immediate upgrade, and a top talent. Great in both zone and man coverage, coach Pete Carroll, would be allowed to do the crazy things he loves to do on defense, with a safety net like Gilmore. With the addition of Dunlap on the defensive front adding Gilmore would skyrocket, one of the worst groups in the NFL, thus helping MVP front runner QB Russell Wilson, win a game. It would be nice to see a Seahawks, game that didn’t come down to the final play. Gilmore would help do that.
2) Another one (Trade): Xavien Howard
Maybe it’s because he plays for the Miami Dolphins, but Howard does not get the respect, he deserves. The 27-year-old is the real deal, and adding Howard would do much of the same Gilmore would. He would instantly become the Hawks, number 1, and would help boost this defense into a real force. A legit star, Howard, is a force in both the passing and run game. Not afraid to lay the wood on anyone with the ball, the Houston, TX, native would be a tone-setter in Seattle. Trading for Howard would probably be a lot cheaper, than going after Gilmore, as he isn’t quite the player he is. But don’t let that fool you, he would be a star in Seattle.
3) Poach Prince Amukamara, from the Arizona Cardinals
Right now the former Nebraska Cornhusker is sitting on division rival Arizona Cardinals, practice squad. Obviously reaching out and poaching the veteran would both help the Seahawks, and hurt a rival at the same time. Please do not be fooled by the fact that Prince is sitting on a practice squad, he is a better option, then anyone behind starters Dunbar and Griffen. Adding this veteran would help solidify a shaky backend, which has been more problem than answer as of late. This addition wouldn’t cost anything but a contract, but he is well worth a real look. I believe given the opportunity, Amukamara would be a solid addition.