The Seattle Seahawks reeled in a huge fish without using much bait.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that the Seahawks traded for Houston Texans franchise-tagged pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney in exchange for a third-round pick, linebacker Jacob Martin and pass rusher Barkevious Mingo, per sources informed of the situation.
The trade is a coup for Seahawks general manager John Schneider.
Not only did the Seahawks secure a pass rusher who fits perfectly into Pete Carroll’s system, but didn’t have to break up their offensive line or give up a prominent piece to get Clowney. And if Clowney leaves in free agency — the team can’t begin negotiations on any potential long-term deal until after the season — Seattle could recoup that third-rounder with a compensatory pick.
Schneider: Win, win, win.
Clowney could explode in Seattle’s 4-3 scheme like we’ve seen from previous veterans heading to the Pacific Northwest. The 26-year-old is one of the best edge run defenders in the entire league. He’s a freakish athlete who can steamroll tackles, demands double teams, can move inside, and will excel in twists and stunts.
Meanwhile, Texans coach and de facto GM Bill O’Brien will have to explain what on paper appears to be an extremely lopsided trade.
Trading Clowney for pennies on the dollar when Houston could have gotten a lot more compensation earlier in the offseason (when clubs could have tried to work out an extension with the pass-rusher before the July 15 deadline) speaks to the franchise’s misplay and lack of foresight.
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SOURCE: NFL, Kevin Patra