Earlier we noted that questions are raining down on the Seattle Seahawks for trading cornerback Josh Wilson. The Seahawks have called a press conference to explain the move, and general manager John Schneider pointed to the team's depth at the position as the reason Wilson became expendable.
Greg Johns of SeattlePI.com quotes Schneider on Twitter.
Seahawks GM John Schneider says Josh Wilson trade was offer "we couldn't pass up," made possible by Thurmond's development.
Curtis Crabtree of KJR 950 tweeted that Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll was singing the same tune as Schneider.
Carroll on Wilson: "This is an opportunity for us that came on because of our depth." #Seahawks
Crabtree also noted that Schneider said that the play of defensive backs Walter Thurmond and Marcus Trufant, in particular, contributed to the decision to trade Josh Wilson.
Schneider: "They had a strong need. It has more to do with the way Walter has stepped up and the way (Trufant) is playing." #Seahawks
Everett Herald reporter John Boyle dictated the impending roster changes caused by the trade.
Pete Carroll said that right now Walter Thurmond is the team's starting nickle back. Wilson trade also means Leon Washington returns kicks.
One footnote: Boyle also noted that Schneider made reference to Wilson's contract status and that it was a factor in the trade decision. Wilson is set to be an unrestricted free agent after this season so this trade likely represents an attempt by the organization to get something of value in return for him before he requires a new contract (or walks).