Seahawks Make Trade Deadline Splash

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Richard Sherman

The Seattle Seahawks made a huge move at Tuesday’s trade deadline to make a significant impact along the offensive line.

Just a couple days after handing the Texans a loss, Seattle acquired Houston’s veteran left tackle Duane Brown and a 2018 fifth-round pick. In exchange, the Seahawks are sending the Texans a 2018 third-round pick and a 2019 second-round pick, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapport.

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After losing George Fant to a torn ACL during the preseason, Seattle has been searching for a replacement at tackle, and the team has certainly found a good one in Brown. Seattle gave up a really nice package of draft picks to acquire Brown, making it clear that the Seahawks see Brown as a necessity if they want to compete for a championship right now.

"He's an alpha male," Seahawks general manager John Schneider told The Seattle Times. "He's a leader. He's been through a lot of NFL battles. A lot of these guys [on the Seahawks] know who he is."

Although Seattle is off to a 5-2 start, the running game has struggled to find a rhythm this season. Rookie Chris Carson showed promise starting the season with 208 rushing yards before suffering a leg fracture in week 4. Six weeks later, Carson still leads the team in rushing, and the next two running backs on the roster, Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls, have combined for just 169 yards on 72 carries.

That’s where Brown comes in.

Brown has spent his entire career in Houston, who selected him with their first round pick in the 2008 draft. With the Texans, Brown appeared in 133 games in 10 years and has been a staple on an offensive line that helped Arian Foster reach 1,000 rushing yards four times since 2010, then got Lamar Miller to 1,073 rushing yards in 2016.

Written by: Ben Faunce