Just as Seahawks coach Pete Carroll predicted on Monday, the 2019 NFL trade deadline wound up being a snoozer.
While plenty of reports surfaced about potential deals in the works, few moves actually came to fruition. By the time the 1 PM PST deadline had come and gone, players such as Jamal Adams, Chris Harris Jr., and O.J. Howard remained with their respective teams.
Nobody will ever know if Seahawks inquired about any of those aforementioned players and if any substantial talks took place. But as willing as general manager John Schneider is to wheel and deal, he’s a thrifty bargainer who has learned from past mistakes and isn't going to pay outlandish price tags for any one player either.
Looking at the overall inactivity around the league, that was the biggest issue over the past 36 hours. Stars such as Adams and Howard may have very well been on the trading block, but it was going to cost a small fortune and with sellers unwilling to budge on asking price, nothing materialized.
The Jets reportedly sought at least a first and third-round pick for Adams, if not more. They wanted a king’s random similar to what the Rams paid to acquire cornerback Jalen Ramsey earlier this month, but even the Cowboys wouldn’t cave into their demands and the Seahawks were never reported as a suitor.
As for Howard, it’s unclear if the Buccaneers ever had any intentions of moving their star tight end. Some reports indicated Tampa Bay wasn’t even fielding offers, while others suggested a first-round pick would be necessary as a starter for negotiations.
Seeking a replacement for injured starter Will Dissly, Seattle was linked by multiple reports as a team of interest for Howard. But even if he was available for a high draft choice and/or a player, it’s hard to envision Tampa Bay would’ve been willing to trade him to its upcoming Week 9 opponent.
Over the past several days, Schneider may have inquired about lesser-known commodities such as Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert and shopped around for a center to replace Justin Britt. Some proposals may have even included young players such as running back Rashaad Penny and safety Tedric Thompson to sweeten the pot.
But in the end, he apparently couldn’t find the right deal(s) and the Seahawks opted to sit idle as the deadline passed without a whimper.
A yawner of a trade deadline may not have produced the fireworks fans hoped and begged for. Still, Seattle could have tight end Ed Dickson returning from injured reserve as soon as this Sunday and recently acquired safety Quandre Diggs is on the mend, so reinforcements are on the way even if a splashy move didn’t transpire on Tuesday.