Two years after the Hawks let cornerback Will Blackmon go and Bradley swept him up in Jacksonville, Bradley might have returned the favor Thursday by releasing Blackmon.
The Hawks are hurtin’ for certain at the position this offseason, with Jeremy Lane dealing with a broken wrist and torn ACL, Richard Sherman healing up a torn ligament in his elbow, Tharold Simon possibly facing shoulder surgery and Byron Maxwell poised to leave March 10 when some team (possibly Jacksonville) offers him a monster contract.
That leaves all of one guy healthy: Marcus Burley.
The Hawks obviously are going to draft a corner or two in two months, but they have to sign a veteran to obviate the feeling of desperation. We previously suggested a few veterans who might be available at fair prices, while explaining why former Seahawk Walter Thurmond is not a good option.
But Blackmon seems like the perfect solution. He knows Seattle’s system, having played in Bradley’s defense the past two years after showing well in Seattle’s camp in 2013.
The only reason Blackmon got the boot in final cuts in 2013: The Hawks were deep at corner, with Sherman, Brandon Browner, Thurmond, Maxwell and Lane.
So Blackmon got picked up by Bradley and proceeded to start 11 games over the past two years.
In 2013, he recorded 40 tackles, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and an interception. Last season, he had 28 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble but missed the final eight games with a broken finger.
The Jaguars have their own young corners — 2014 fourth-round pick Aaron Colvin, 2013 seventh-rounder Demetrius McCray and 2013 third-rounder Dwayne Gratz — so they didn’t need Blackmon.
But the Hawks do. They could sign the 30-year-old to a two-year deal for $1 million a year, with performance/playing time incentives, and feel a lot more comfortable about their secondary.