Thursday, August 19, 2010

Yet Another Seahawk

The Detroit Lions continued their quest to build a roster entirely of Seahawks' scraps by trading for defensive end Lawrence Jackson today.

The Lions already have five former Seahawks on the roster: Julian Peterson, Maurice Morris, Rob Sims, Nate Burleson, and Will Heller.

Jackson was acquired in exchange for an undisclosed 2011 draft pick - most likely a fifth or sixth rounder. Seattle was probably close to cutting Jackson anyway.

Jackson, known to his fans as "LoJack," was a standout pass rusher at USC, totaling 30.5 sacks in 4 years and warranting a first round selection in the 2008 draft. But he's been a bust in Seattle - just 6.5 sacks in 32 games.

LoJack provides the Lions with much-needed depth on the left side of the defensive line. While KVB should hold down the right end spot all season, the left end will be a revolving door between Cliff Avril, injured veteran Jared DeVries, and rookie Willie Young. Now Jackson enters that mix and could be #2 on the depth chart behind Avril.

This acqusition spells bad news for DeVries and Young. It's likely that one of them will be released soon. I'd put my money on DeVries, who hasn't been healthy since 2005 and hasn't been good since ... ever.

At 6'4", 270 lbs, Jackson is significantly bigger than Avril or Young. His size might come in handy on the goal line. This certainly isn't a move that will shake the landscape of the NFL, but it's nice to see the Lions' management being active in the offseason.

We're rebuilding ... one Seahawk at a time.

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