O’Neil: The many reasons why the Seahawks didn’t offer a 2nd round pick for Colts QB Jacoby Brissett
Aug 20, 2018, 12:27 PM | Updated: 1:18 pm
When I first read that Seattle had offered a second-round pick for Colts backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett, I didn’t think it was true.
Now, I know it’s false after talking to a source with the team. And if you want the short version of the story, here it is: Seattle did not offer Indianapolis a second-round pick for Brissett. Now now. Not ever. In fact, Seattle doesn’t currently hold a second-round pick in the 2019 draft, and while there was discussion of Seattle trading for Brissett, that was last year when he was a member of the Patriots, before he got dealt to Indianapolis.
The more long-winded answer involves all of the logistical difficulties in the initial report from Ben Volin of the Boston Globe. And look, this isn’t some shot at Ben. He was undoubtedly told such a deal had been offered. The problem is that whoever told Ben that either didn’t have the first foggiest clue what they were talking about, or if they did know what they were talking about chose to exercise a total disregard for the truth.
Let’s start with the fact that the Seahawks don’t currently have a second-round pick in the 2019 draft. That was part of the package to acquire Duane Brown. The Seahawks didn’t have a second-round choice in the 2018 draft, either. That was used to acquire Sheldon Richardson.
The lack of a pick in and of itself doesn’t debunk the story. Seattle could always go and get a second-rounder if it was really adamant on acquiring Brissett.
But that brings us to the second part of the equation. Why would Seattle now be so smitten with a specific backup quarterback? Two years ago, the Seahawks went with Trevone Boykin, an undrafted rookie behind Russell Wilson. Last year, it was Austin Davis. This year, Davis is competing with Alex McGough, the team’s seventh-round pick, so why would Seattle suddenly be so covetous of a backup that it would spend a higher pick than it used to select Wilson in the first place to serve as his backup.
And we haven’t even gotten to the part about the timing of the whole thing, coming with two years remaining on Wilson’s contract. The negotiation for an extension has enough potential pitfalls without introducing at least the possibility of whether Seattle was lining up a successor by acquiring Brissett.
If those reasons aren’t sufficient, well, you’ll just have to take my word for it because I was told unequivocally the Seahawks had not offered a second-round pick for Brissett.
In fact, while Brissett had been mentioned in a potential trade with Seattle, it was a year ago when the Patriots acquired Cassius Marsh. However, the Patriots ended up trading Brissett to the Colts and giving Seattle a fifth-round pick and a seventh-round choice for Marsh.