Seahawks trade 2020 pick to Browns for DB C.J. Smith
The Seahawks made a move in free agency Monday, though it probably wasn’t the one fans were watching for.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Seattle acquired defensive back C.J. Smith in a trade with the Browns. The Seahawks gave up a 2020 conditional seventh-round pick. The Browns have since confirmed the trade.
Smith, 24, signed with the Eagles in 2016 as an undrafted free agent out of North Dakota State. He was most recently on the Browns’ practice squad.
Smith is the sixth player the Seahawks have acquired in free agency, and the second via trade (Seattle also acquired wide receiver Marcus Johnson and a fifth round pick from the Eagles in exchange for defensive end Michael Bennett).
Smith adds depth to a defensive backfield now short Richard Sherman, DeShawn Shead, Jeremy Lane, and possibly – though not definitively – Kam Chancellor. He joins ex-Rams safety Maurice Alexander as Seattle’s newest additions to the secondary.
Smith has appeared in 12 games over two years, and has registered one tackle.