In an interview with 710 ESPN Seattle and a day after the Seahawks traded for the Pro Bowl tight end, Schneider said any perceived weaknesses in Graham’s game will be more than made up for by his strengths.

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As the NFL free-agency period moved into its second wave Wednesday — when the big-money players are mostly gone and teams turn to Plan B — the Seahawks were quiet.

The Seahawks did not add any players during the day, though there was intriguing news that broke Wednesday night with Fox Sports reporting that Seattle will get a visit Thursday from center Stefen Wisniewski, who has started for the Raiders the last three seasons (and as a guard as a rookie in 2011). A second-round pick out of Penn State, he is regarded as one of the best free-agent centers available and also reportedly visited Tampa Bay on Wednesday.

Wisniewski, if he signs, would replace Max Unger, who was traded on Tuesday to the Saints for tight end Jimmy Graham (the Seahawks also dealing their 2015 first-round pick and getting a fourth-rounder).

Trader John

The Seahawks’ trade Tuesday for Jimmy Graham was the definition of a blockbuster. But it’s not the only big trade the Seahawks have made since John Schneider took over as general manager in 2010. Here is a look at what in our view are the four other big trades of the Schneider era (of those that involved current players and were not solely swaps of draft picks).

2010: Seattle acquires QB Charlie Whitehurst from San Diego for a 2011 third-round pick and swapping 2010 second-round picks (moving down 20 spots).

Verdict: Thumbs down. Schneider and coach Pete Carroll didn’t get a hit on the first QB they brought to town, as Whitehurst went 1-3 in four starts over two seasons before moving on (fun fact: Seattle used the second-round pick from the Chargers to take Golden Tate).

2010: Seattle acquires DE Chris Clemons from the Eagles and a 2010 fourth-round pick for defensive end Darryl Tapp.

Verdict: Thumbs up. Clemons’ career was languishing in Philly — he had just seven sacks in two seasons there — and he became a driving force of the Seattle defense with at least 11 sacks each of his first three years and a standout game in the Super Bowl win over Denver before being released.

2010: Seattle acquires RB Marshawn Lynch from Buffalo for a 2011 fourth-round pick and a 2012 fifth-round pick.

Verdict: Big thumbs up. The two picks turned into offensive tackle Chris Hairston and linebacker Tank Carder, neither of whom is with the Bills. In between flights to places such as Turkey and Brazil, Lynch has become maybe the best running back in team history.

2013: Seattle acquires WR Percy Harvin for first- and third-round picks in 2013 and a seventh-rounder in 2014.

Verdict: Thumbs down. Harvin will be remembered forever for his kickoff return for a touchdown, punctuating the Super Bowl win. Otherwise, the Harvin era is best left forgotten.

Bob Condotta

It was a trade that still had the NFL buzzing 24 hours later.

Graham flew to Seattle on Wednesday from Miami, where he had been when the trade was made, to take a physical, with Seahawks owner Paul Allen Tweeting Wednesday night that Graham passed it. Unger, likewise, had to fly from his home in Hawaii to New Orleans to take a physical there, the last step in making the trade final.

The immediate reaction of most observers to the trade was to give an edge to Seattle.

The football analytic site Pro Football Focus, for instance, graded the trade as an A-minus for Seattle and a C-plus for the Saints, pointing out that “over the past two seasons, no tight end has more receptions (171), touchdowns (26) or yards (2,104) than Graham.’’

Most of the dissenting voices on the trade came from New Orleans, where a columnist for the Times-Picayune wrote that the Saints wondered why Graham’s production fell off some in 2014 after he signed a four-year, $40 million contract that came after a dispute with the team over whether he should be designated for the franchise tag as a receiver (which would have paid him more) or as a tight end.

“The Saints realized Graham played much of the season with a significant shoulder injury,” wrote Larry Holder. “But was the injury so severe to force such a fall-off in production from a contract year in 2013 (86 catches, 1,215 yards, 16 TDs) to last season (85 receptions, 889 yards and 10 TDs)? The Saints had their doubts.’’

Some observers also wondered how Graham’s blocking, never regarded as his strong suit, will fit in with a Seattle offense that typically leads with the run.

But in an interview with 710 ESPN Seattle, Seahawks general manager John Schneider said any perceived weaknesses in Graham’s game will be more than made up for by his strengths.

At 6 feet 7 and 265 pounds and athletic enough to play at the University of Miami on a basketball scholarship before he turned out for football as a senior, Graham is the big red-zone target the Seahawks have not had in years.

Undoubtedly with the end of the Super Bowl in mind, a tweet from ESPN noted that Graham has been thrown to nine times in his career from the 1-yard line, and he caught eight for touchdowns.

“Is he a dominant run-blocker?” Schneider said. “No. But he’s a dominant pass-catcher, and he’s a difference-maker in the passing game.”

Schneider elaborated some on how the trade went down, noting that the Saints were interested in Unger as they attempt to retool their team from a pass-heavy squad to one based more on the running game and defense.

“They had strong interest in Max,” Schneider said. “They really want to fix their center position. They really want to concentrate on their defense.”

The Saints also wanted to get their salary cap in order. shows the Saints ranking last in 2015 in available cap space as of Wednesday, and second-to-last for 2016.

Graham’s $8 million cap hit for 2015 ranks tied for third on the Seahawks behind the $12.2 million of cornerback Richard Sherman and the $8.2 million of running back Marshawn Lynch, leaving Seattle with $14.5 million in cap space for 2015.

Schneider acknowledged that Graham’s contentious contract negotiations with the Saints last summer – he agreed to the deal in July — might have helped make him available.

There could be some risk involved for Seattle in trading away the player acknowledged as the leader of its offensive line, though the addition of Wisniewski could help mitigate that (Seattle also got a visit Wednesday from center-guard Shelley Smith, recently cut by Miami). It could also be a challenge integrating a big name into the locker room.

But Schneider said that’s simply part of doing business in the NFL.

“If you are complacent in this business, you will lose your job.’’ he said to 710 ESPN Seattle.