Hawks’ RB plans: Replace Turbin with Jackson, trade Michael

Robert Turbin scores as Chris Culliver chases him in the first quarter (Getty)The Seahawks were busy juggling their running back stable Friday, reportedly agreeing on a one-year deal with Fred Jackson while dangling Christine Michael in a trade and planning to waive Robert Turbin for the purpose of putting him on injured reserve.

The Hawks reportedly will waive/injured Turbin, which means he will revert to season-ending IR if no other team claims him. But, he is expected to miss only about five weeks with his high ankle sprain, so some team might be inclined to pick him up. If not, he will miss the season on Seattle’s IR.

The Hawks are taking a little gamble that Turbin will be scooped up — as they did with Michael Bowie (claimed by Cleveland) last year. But, Turbin also is scheduled to become a free agent after the season, so the risk might not be that high. Or the Hawks might not care.

If they had wanted to put him on short-term IR so he could return at midseason, they would have had to keep him as part of the 53-man roster this weekend and wait until next Tuesday to place him on IR/return (which cannot be used until the Tuesday after final cuts are made).

Meanwhile, John Schneider said Thursday that he was busy working the phones for possible trades. He didn’t mention any players, but Jason La Canfora reported Friday that the Hawks were indeed shopping Michael, the 2013 second-round pick who has not really gotten on the field.

Another report said the Dallas Cowboys have not ruled out trading for a young rusher. That could lead to the deal that has been speculated by some of us all offseason: Michael to Dallas.

Some think sending Michael to a 2015 opponent that has perhaps the best line in the NFL — and beat the Hawks in Seattle last year — would be a suicide move.

Odds are Pete Carroll and John Schneider would snicker, knowing all of Michael’s flaws as well as they do. There is a reason he has not made the field in Seattle.

So, what is Michael worth? Probably no more than a conditional pick that could go as high as a fourth, based on his playing time/performance. Or the Hawks might get a late-round pick (sixth or seventh) next year and a conditional pick in 2017, based on Michael’s performance/ability to stick on Dallas’ roster.

Thomas Rawls has to be watching all of this with great interest. The undrafted rookie played very well Thursday, gaining 87 yards on 11 runs.

Before word of the Jackson signing, it seemed like Rawls might have done enough to take the place of Turbin. With Jackson coming in, it means the Hawks would need to get rid of Michael for Rawls to make the team.

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