If Seahawks make another trade, what position needs the most help?
The Seahawks pulled off a trade Tuesday, acquiring 2018 Pro Bowl alternate safety Quandre Diggs and a 2021 seventh-round draft pick for a 2020 fifth-round selection. The secondary certainly could use the help Diggs will provide with safeties Bradley McDougald and Lano Hill both battling injuries, but Seattle has other positions that might be in need of an upgrade.
The NFL’s trade deadline is next Tuesday, Oct. 29, and 710 ESPN Seattle’s Jake Heaps thinks Seahawks general manager John Schneider isn’t done making moves.
“I don’t think this is the only trade. I think they’re going to make one more as they get closer to the deadline,” Heaps said Wednesday during the Four Downs segment on Tom, Jake and Stacy.
So what position could Schneider be looking to add to?
Elsewhere on defense, the Seahawks have struggled to rush opposing quarterbacks. Seattle ranks 26th out of the 32 NFL teams with just 11 sacks through seven games, and five of those sacks came in Week 1, meaning the Hawks have just six over their last six games. Add in the fact that defensive end Ziggy Ansah is dealing with an ankle injury and you could make a case that the defensive line is a spot where Schneider may focus on making a deal.
Heaps wouldn’t be against Seattle adding another key player on defense, but is isn’t where he thinks Schneider’s efforts would be best suited.
“If (another trade) is on the defensive side of the ball, I would not disagree with that. I think that there is a lot of help that needs to be had there,” Heaps said. “But I do firmly believe that this is an offensive-driven team and you need to give your best weapon the opportunity to get more players around him that can make plays, and that’s Russell Wilson.”
Heaps said that the loss of tight end Will Dissly, who underwent surgery last week to repair a season-ending ruptured Achilles tendon, leaves a big hole that the Seahawks should try to replace.
“If this group is serious about trying to get to a Super Bowl and win the division, they need to find someone to be able to replace that production of Will Dissly. I think that there are people out there that they can make a trade with before the deadline to help boost with the offensive production in terms of pass catchers.”
Dissly caught 23 passes for 262 yards and four touchdowns in five games but suffered his injury in Week 6 before he could make any additional catches. Even after missing close to all of the last two games, he still ranks second on the team in receptions, third in receiving yards and is tied for the team lead in touchdown receptions. Seattle does expect to get veteran tight end Ed Dickson (knee) back from the injured reserve next week, but it’s unlikely he will provide similar production to Dissly in the passing game, so it’s reasonable to think Schneider will be looking for another tight end or wide receiver he could acquire to help fill the void left by Dissly’s absence.