Earlier we noted an ESPN report that the Seattle Seahawks had traded cornerback Josh Wilson to the Batlimore Ravens for a conditional draft pick. Mulitple sources (here, here and here) are now reporting that the Seahawks have confirmed the trade is complete.
The early consensus regarding the move is summed up nicely by Mike Sando of ESPN, who writes that trading Wilson for a pick doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, although it does signal a youth movement.
Wilson, generally regarded as the second-best corner on the Seahawks’ roster behind Marcus Trufant, also carried value as a return specialist. That’s why the Seahawks could come under criticism from a pure personnel standpoint if injuries or other circumstances create a need at the position this season.
This move doesn’t make the Seahawks better in 2010, at least in my view. Jennings has durability issues and he lacks size to match up in a division featuring physical receivers. What this move suggests, on the surface, is that coach Pete Carroll thinks rookie Walter Thurmond and possibly third-year pro Roy Lewis figure prominently into the team’s immediate plans.