Hawks GM Schneider on the upcoming trade deadline
By Michael Simeona, MyNorthwest.com intern
With the NFL trade deadline looming, Seahawks GM John Schneider weighed-in today’s show whether the team will make any more moves before the October 19 deadline.
Yesterday the Seahawks traded WR Deion Branch back to the New England Patriots for a fourth-round pick in the 2011 draft, and also acquired RB Marshawn Lynch just last week. So with the flurry of roster moves this season, are Schneider and Pete Carroll finished retooling the roster before the deadline?
“I can’t answer that,” said Schneider on Tuesday’s show. “I’m not trying to be dishonest with you. There are things that come out of the blue, I’m just not sure. We’ve identified a strong foundation now, and we’re going to peck away at it. Hopefully the transactions slow down a little bit, but we’re not going to pass on something we think will make us better.”
The departure of Branch depletes an already inexperienced receiving core, as three of the five current recievers were not with the team last season. With the recent acquistion of Brandon Stokley from the Broncos two weeks ago, Schneider feels confident the current batch of receivers will do just fine.
“I think so. The addition of Brandon Stokley softens the blow with Deion moving to New England…He’s a proven guy, so we still have that veteran leader. We have the big guy in Mike Williams, and two interesting guys on the rise in (Deon) Butler and (Golden) Tate. And also Ben Obomanu in my opinion is a very underrated receiver.”
While rumors circulated the team was looking into disgruntled Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson in the early season, Schneider was asked whether they are looking to upgrade the position before the deadline.
“I never say no but I think it’s been so long now I would find it hard to see something like that go down.
“We’re constantly looking to get bigger, faster, stronger to find passionate football players. But now I think we need to concentrate a little bit more on our foundation and establishing some chemistry with this team.”
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