The Seahawks reportedly may be busy working the phones as the NFL's deadline to make trades arrives Tuesday.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll emphatically denied on Sunday a report from earlier in the day that the team could be using tight end Jimmy Graham as a lure to try to acquire a left tackle by the NFL trade deadline on Tuesday.
“We are not trading Jimmy Graham,” Carroll was quoted as saying to Michael Silver of the NFL Network. “That’s total bulls…”
Seahawks general manager John Schneider reiterated that sentiment a little later during his weekly pregame radio show on the team’s flagship radio network saying “Jimmy is not, he is not being traded. So he will be here.”
Schneider said the team always talks about trades and that “it’s been probably several weeks now that this (rumor) was out there. Somebody reported it today. It’s not true.”
The Times had also learned earlier that reports of a possible Graham trade were overblown and not something the team is considering.
The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport had reported earlier in the day that the Seahawks could consider trading Graham and his $10 million salary in an attempt to acquire left tackle.
Wrote NFL.com: “To make a move for a blindside blocker, Seattle would be willing to part ways with tight end Jimmy Graham for salary-cap purposes, per (Ian) Rapoport (of the NFL Network). The team has had trade talks centered around the tight end, Rapoport said on NFL Network’s NFL GameDay Kickoff. The Seahawks have less than $2 million in cap space. Graham, in the final year of his contract, has a $10 million cap hit for this season. The Seahawks continue to believe Graham is a key part of the offense, but if it would net them a left tackle in return Seattle would be willing to move the starting tight end.”
The trade deadline is Tuesday at 1 p.m. Seattle time.
If the Seahawks were to pursue a left tackle, the two most-likely trade targets mentioned by NFL.com and others as being considered by Seattle remain Houston’s Duane Brown and Buffalo’s Cordy Glenn.
Brown held out in search of a new contract before reporting this week and is expected to make his season debut Sunday against the Seahawks. Brown had to report or risk having this season not count and his contract picking back up next year where it left off this season.
Brown has salaries of $9.4 million and $9.75 million in 2017 and 2018 and the Seahawks could trade Graham for Brown just about straight up and make a trade work.
While not only is Brown’s contract situation unresolved but he also has been one of the most outspoken players about a comment made Friday by Houston owner Bob McNair about the “inmates running the prison” in apparent reference to players kneeling or sitting for the anthem (though he released a statement Saturday attempting to clarify that he was referring to “referring to the relationship between the league office and team owners and how they have been making significant strategic decisions affecting our league without adequate input from ownership over the past few years.”
It’s expected that Brown and other Houston players will stage some sort of protest before Sunday’s game against the Seahawks with reports Sunday morning that many may kneel for the anthem.
There have been reports that the McNair situation may make it more likely that Houston would try to trade the 32-year-old Brown, who has played for Houston since 2008 and has made three Pro Bowls.
Glenn, meanwhile, has been thought on the trading block for a while as the Bills have been trying to shed salary and also remake their team in the first year under new coach Sean McDermott.
But Glenn’s contract is even more problematic as it runs through 2020 and includes salary cap hits of $14.2 million, $14.4 million, $12.7 million and $12.4 million the next four years. Glenn is 28 and in his sixth season entering the league as a second-round pick in 2012.
While the Seahawks apparently are not seriously thinking of dealing Graham, what’s not in question is that the Seahawks are undoubtedly going to see if there’s something they can do to improve the team prior to the trade deadline, as Schneider reiterated in his weekly interview on 710 ESPN Seattle before last Sunday’s 24-7 win against the New York Giants.
“Just continuously in talks with as many people as we possibly can be,’’ Schneider said.
The Seahawks two weeks ago brought in free agent left tackle Branden Albert for a visit that lasted roughly a week. But no agreement was reached and it’s thought the 33-year old Albert — who announced his retirement earlier this year only to then entertain playing again — may be retiring for good.
The Seahawks have been going with second-year player Rees Odhiambo at left tackle after a season-ending injury to projected starter George Fant in the preseason. Seattle also signed Luke Joeckel to a one-year deal worth up to $8 million in March with the thought he could play left tackle. But he instead became the team’s left guard and on Sunday will miss a second straight game after having knee surgery two weeks ago.