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Dear Seahawks Front Office: Pump the brakes

Josh Wilson is headed to Baltimore
Josh Wilson is headed to Baltimore

The Seahawks have made another big move, trading CB Josh Wilson to Baltimore for a conditional 4th or 5th round pick in next year's draft.

For those of you who might not remember, Josh Wilson was Seattle's 2nd round pick in the 2007 draft. Although he didn't see any action in his rookie season, he recorded a total of 6 INTs in 2008 and 2009 combined, returning three of those for touchdowns. Now, unless you're the most talented chap with the whitest of teeth, you might need a few seasons to adjust to the speed and complexity of the NFL. Having said that, why is it that we are letting go of Mr. Wilson this early in his career? I mean, 2008 was essentially his rookie season and he picked off four passes, recorded a sack, and forced three fumbles. He also led the NFL with eight kickoff returns of 40+ yards. If that weren't enough, he returned a kick 89 yards for a touchdown as a rookie in 2007. Last year's numbers weren't quite as flashy, but he still produced. Am I saying that we should have kept him based off of one year of success? Absolutely not. At the same time, however, I don't think we should have let him go because of one year of down numbers.

Another worrisome thought it that, by letting go of Wilson, you're really, REALLY banking on Kelly Jennings and Marcus Trufant staying healthy, which is EXACTLY the kind of thinking that got us into the mess known as 2008 and 2009. If Trufant tweaks his back again, you're left with a handful of utility players, with little to no experience, to fill in at cornerback. I read today that one of the reasons why Seattle traded Wilson was because of his height. Apparently, the cut-off is 5' 10", and he falls an inch short. I hate things like this because, even when the stats and history say that he shouldn't be a great player, they're never 100% accurate. There will always be players that break through and surprise people.

Only time will tell if we've just let one go.