3 trades: 1-0-2
Aug. 16: Traded DB Ugo Amadi to Philadelphia for WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside.
Comment: The Hawks were going to cut Amadi, who was ousted from the nickel corner spot by rookie Coby Bryant, so they managed to take a flier on Arcega-Whiteside, who was drafted seven picks before DK Metcalf in 2019.
April 30: Traded No. 145 (from the Russell Wilson trade below) to Kansas City for No. 158 and No. 233.
Comment: The Hawks got fair value for pick 145, but did they use those picks on useful players? DE Tyreke Smith (158) sat out 2022 with an injury, and WR Dareke Young (233) didn’t do much. But the Hawks had hope for both in 2023.
March 8: Traded QB Russell Wilson and a 2022 fourth-rounder to Denver for a 1, 2 and 5 in 2022, a 1 and 2 in 2023 and TE Noah Fant, DE Shelby Harris and QB Drew Lock. The 2022 picks turned into OT Charles Cross, LB Boye Mafe and Smith and Young from the above trade with the Chiefs.
Comment: The Wilson era ended with this blockbuster trade, the biggest in Seattle sports history. It netted seven players (before any other moves) and set up the Seahawks with good draft stock in 2022 and 2023 while leaving them temporarily with no starting quarterback (Geno Smith assuaged that concern with a surprising Pro Bowl season in 2022). The return on the trade was the second most for a single veteran player since 1989, when Dallas netted nine players and picks for Herschel Walker. With Smith outplaying Wilson in 2022 and the Seahawks putting together a nearly perfect draft and then ending up with the fifth pick in 2023, this was an almost immediate win for Seattle.
6 trades: 1-0-5
Sept. 3: Traded CB Ahkello Witherspoon to Pittsburgh for a 2023 fifth-rounder.
Comment: We were tempted to call this a loss, because the Hawks ate $2.5 million to trade Witherspoon and missed out on a 2022 fourth-round comp pick for losing Shaquill Griffin. But Witherspoon’s comp signing value was a sixth-rounder, which is basically what the next year’s fifth equals. They did blow a little cap room, but they also might have used that money on another player anyway (still negating the comp fourth-rounder), so we’ll just call this a tie.
Aug. 30: Acquired CB Sidney Jones from Jacksonville for a 2022 sixth-round pick.
Comment: The Seahawks were hunting for corner help and took a shot at the former Husky who had injury trouble in the NFL (just 31 games in four seasons with two teams). He eventually got into the lineup for Seattle, struggling early in 2021 but playing pretty well down the stretch. He was injured early in 2022 and waived in November.
Aug. 24: Acquired CB John Reid from Houston for conditional seventh-rounder in 2023.
Comment: The Hawks were hunting for corner help and took a cheap flier on Reid, a 2020 fourth-round pick. They cut him so avoided surrendering the pick, but he returned and ended up playing 11 games for them in 2021.
May 1: Traded No. 129 to Tampa Bay for No. 137 and 217 and used 137 on CB Tre Brown.
Comment: The Hawks wanted another pick as they had just three left after trades for Jamal Adams, Gabe Jackson, Quandre Diggs and Carlos Dunlap. They needed a corner, so Brown was their guy. He played well once he got in the lineup, but he then was injured again (knee) and missed the first half of 2022.
May 1: Traded No. 217 and 250 to Chicago for No. 208 and picked OT Stone Forsythe.
Comment: Coincidentally, this pick is the same one Seattle gave up to draft Stephen Sullivan in 2019. It came back around through Chicago. John Schneider wanted Forsythe so much he started trying to move up in the 190s.
March 17: Acquired OG Gabe Jackson from Las Vegas for a fifth-rounder
Comment: The Seahawks needed a stout starting guard, and they managed to snag Jackson from the Raiders, who reportedly were going to cut him. His play quickly deteriorated in 2022 though and he was released in 2023.
6 trades: 2-3-0-1
Oct. 28: Acquired DE Carlos Dunlap from Cincinnati for C B.J. Finney and seventh-rounder in 2021.
Comment: Schneider had failed miserably at fixing the pass rush in 2020, and it was destined to hold the team back from the Super Bowl if he didn’t make a move. He managed to take advantage of a deteriorating situation between the Bengals and Dunlap, whom he got for great value. He cut Dunlap after the season but managed to bring him back on a cheaper deal. But the Hawks then changed their scheme in 2022 and let Dunlap go; he joined Frank Clark and the Chiefs and won a Super Bowl with them. His Seattle experience will go down as one of the more odd ones.
July 25: Acquired SS Jamal Adams and 2022 fourth-rounder from NY Jets for first-rounders in 2021 and 2022, a third in 2021 and SS Bradley McDougald
Comment: Before the Wilson blockbuster, this was the biggest deal Schneider had ever made, trumping the Percy Harvin debacle in 2013. Schneider definitely overpaid for Adams, so it’s a loss from that perspective. It’s also looking like a loss from a performance perspective. Adams got off to a poor start his first two years, with uneven play on the field and some big injuries that held him to just 50% of the games in his first three years. He will need to get healthy and play like an All-Pro to reverse this deal from a loss.
April 25: Traded 2021 sixth-rounder for 251 (seventh round) and drafted TE Stephen Sullivan.
Comment: This was the third time John Schneider & Co. gave up a future pick for a player in the current draft. They also did it for Quinton Jefferson (2016) and John Ursua (2019). Sullivan didn’t last long on Seattle’s roster, signing with Carolina after just one season in Seattle.
April 24: Moved down from 64 to 69 with Carolina, adding 148 (fifth round). Drafted OG Damien Lewis and DE Alton Robinson.
Comment: This was a good move for extra draft capital, and Robinson seemed like a good pick. He showed promise amid limited playing time in 2020-21 before an injury sidelined him in 2022.
April 24: Moved up from 59 to 48 with the Jets, giving up 101, to pick DE Darrell Taylor.
Comment: The Seahawks were desperate to have Taylor, and they overpaid (the equivalent of an extra sixth-rounder) for an injured guy they might have had by just sitting at 59. He basically redshirted his rookie year. He returned as a sophomore and played OK (6.5 sacks). In 2022, he notched 9.5 sacks but struggled to play in space at linebacker in the new 3-4.
March 23: Acquired CB Quinton Dunbar from Washington for a fifth-rounder.
Comment: Dunbar escaped charges in a bizarre robbery case that almost flipped this to a loss before he ever played. He was good when healthy in 2020, but that was not very often. He left for Detroit after his dud year with Seattle.
12 trades: 5-3-4
Oct. 22: Acquired FS Quandre Diggs and a 2021 seventh-rounder from Detroit for a 2020 fifth-rounder.
Comment: It was a cheap deal on a Pro Bowl-caliber safety who helped steady the Seahawks’ secondary and came with two more years left on his deal. Diggs signed a three-year, $40 million extension in 2022 and made the Pro Bowl for the third straight year.
Aug. 31: Acquired DE Jadeveon Clowney from Houston for Jacob Martin, Barkevious Mingo and a 2020 third-rounder.
Comment: The Hawks addressed their biggest weakness with a relatively cheap deal (including a net $12 million cap hit) for a Pro Bowl defender. Even though Seattle knew it could end up as a one-year rental, Clowney helped the Hawks get to the divisional round of the playoffs. The Seahawks had been horrible in the third round recently, and this one wasn’t much better.
Aug. 31: Acquired CB Parry Nickerson from the New York Jets for conditional seventh-rounder in 2021.
Comment: Nickerson was waived out of 2019 camp and landed on the practice squad until October, when he signed with Jacksonville. The conditions of this deal were not met and Seattle did not lose the pick.
April 29: Acquired TE Jacob Hollister from New England for a 2020 seventh-rounder.
Comment: The Seahawks were expected to look at tight ends in the draft, but they didn’t add one so they quickly used one of their bevy of 2020 picks to do so. Hollister started the season on the practice squad but quickly became the No. 1 tight end after Will Dissly was lost for the season in Week 6. The team then tendered him at the second-round level, but did not use him enough to merit it.
April 27: Traded a 2020 sixth-rounder to Jacksonville for 7 (236).
Comment: The Seahawks didn’t think they could sign Hawaii WR John Ursua after the draft, so they traded one of their extra picks from 2020. Unfortunately, he languished on the practice squad over his first three years, seeing action in just three games and catching one pass. He was out of the league by 2022.
April 27: Traded 114 to Minnesota for 120 and 204.
Comment: Seattle took West Virginia WR Gary Jennings and Miami RB Travis Homer with these picks. Jennings was a quick bust, but Schneider’s volume drafting philosophy worked here — with Homer doing well late in his rookie season after all of the backs in front of him got hurt. Homer also emerged as a big special-teamer, scoring two touchdowns in 2021.
April 26: Traded 92 and 159 (fifth) to Minnesota for 88 and 209 (sixth).
Comment: This move up seemed unnecessary, as Utah LB Cody Barton was considered a fourth-round option by most analysts. The Hawks would have been better served to sit tight and draft CB Chauncey Gardner-Johnson or DE Maxx Crosby, who both went early in the fourth. At 209, they ended up with DT Demarcus Christmas, who did not work out.
April 26: Traded 77 and 118 to New England for 64.
Comment: The Hawks saw D.K. Metcalf sitting there and decided to jump up 13 spots for him. It was a slight overpay on the chart, but he was considered a first-round talent and he got off to a good start as a rookie and then exploded in his second year and earned a $72 million extension from Seattle in 2022.
April 26: Traded 37 to Carolina for 47 and 77.
Comment: Good move to pick up a third-rounder, which was used in the trade up for Metcalf. The 47th pick was submitted for Utah S Marquise Blair, who had been rated by many analysts as a third- or fourth-rounder. Blair was an injury bust, playing just six games in 2020 and 2021.
April 25: Traded No. 30 for No. 37, 132 and 142.
Comment: This was a nice return from the Giants for just a seven-step drop. Seattle later traded 37, but ended up using 132 on Oregon FS Ugo Amadi and 142 on Washington LB Ben Burr-Kirven.
April 25: Traded the 21st pick to Green Bay for No. 30 and two fourths (114 and 118).
Comment: Some charts say Seattle won this one, others say it didn’t. It was the first move in an avalanche of them.
April 23: Traded DE Frank Clark to Kansas City for 29th overall pick plus a 2020 second-rounder, swapping 2019 thirds.
Comment: This was the first time Schneider had flipped a star for marquee value. He used the 29th pick on pass rusher L.J. Collier, who did nothing as a rookie while Clark helped lead the Chiefs to a Super Bowl title. Clark had just 23.5 sacks in four years in KC, but he always turned it on in the postseason and won two Super Bowls. The 2020 pick was turned into OG Damien Lewis and DE Alton Robinson, so Schneider got three linemen for one. Lewis was an immediate starter. Because Collier was a bust, this basically amounted to trading an overpaid pass rusher for a starting guard. We’ll call that a tie.
7 trades: 2-1-4
Sept. 2: Acquired SS Shalom Luani from Oakland for seventh-round pick.
Comment: Luani was added on cutdown day and kept over Maurice Alexander. He then was cut and brought back, playing in 12 games in 2018.
Sept. 2: Acquired TE Darrell Daniels from Indianapolis for WR Marcus Johnson.
Comment: Daniels was brought in to step in for Ed Dickson, who remained on NFI and thus was set to miss the first six games. Daniels was waived after Week 3. Johnson, who had been acquired in the Michael Bennett deal, played in five games for the Colts in 2018 and then started six games for them in 2019.
Aug. 29: Acquired QB Brett Hundley from Green Bay for a sixth-rounder in 2019.
Comment: Hundley, whom the Hawks passed over in the fourth round of the 2015 draft (they took Terry Poole instead), was erratic in Green Bay. But he was better than what the Seahawks had for backups in 2018. He signed with Arizona in 2019, helping cancel an addition in the comp equation so the Hawks could net another sixth-rounder. So they basically had him for free for a year.
April 29: Moved up from 156 overall (fifth round) to 149, giving Denver a seventh-rounder (226).
Comment: The Hawks moved up to get punter Michael Dickson, which seemed curious at the time and reportedly made Broncos execs laugh. But Dickson’s All-Pro rookie season was nothing to laugh at. His third season was even better and he signed a four-year extension in 2021 and continued his stellar play.
April 28: Traded No. 76 overall to Pittsburgh for No. 79 and 220.
Comment: The Steelers moved up three spots in the third to take QB Mason Rudolph. The Seahawks added a seventh and still got their guy, DE Rasheem Green. Coincidentally, they used the seventh-rounder on a QB themselves, adding Alex McGough. He lasted just one season on the practice squad.
April 27: Traded No. 18 overall and a seventh to Green Bay for No. 27 overall, plus a third and sixth.
Comment: The Seahawks should have gotten more out of this deal, but the fact that they picked up a Day 2 pick means they at least pushed with the Packers. Seattle drafted RB Rashaad Penny and DE Rasheem Green with those two picks.
March 7: Agreed to trade DE Michael Bennett and seventh-rounder in 2018 to Philadelphia for WR Marcus Johnson and a fifth-rounder.
Comment: Schneider was in such a hurry to make this deal he agreed with the Eagles before the Patriots came along and reportedly offered a third-rounder for Bennett and a fifth. Schneider did not get what he could have for Bennett, proving he really just wanted to ditch the veteran Pro Bowl player who really should have been kept for another year. Not well played.
12 trades: 6-1-5
Oct. 30: Acquired OT Duane Brown and a fifth in 2018 from Houston for a third-rounder in 2018 and second in 2019.
Comment: Left tackle was the biggest hole in Seattle’s offense in 2016 and 2017. Brown turned it into a major strength in 2018 and signed up for three more years. The deal originally sent CB Jeremy Lane to Houston, but he failed his physical.
Sept. 2: Traded DE Cassius Marsh to New England for fifth- and seventh-rounder in 2018.
Comment: Marsh was entering the final year of his rookie contract and was an iffy re-sign, so Schneider got good value for the former fourth-round pick, who ended up joining the 49ers later in 2017, Arizona in 2019 and four other teams in 2020-21.
Sept. 2: Acquired OT Isaiah Battle from Kansas City for conditional pick in 2018.
Comment: Some thought the Seahawks would be interested in Battle in the 2015 supplemental draft (the Rams took him in the fifth round). Battle was on and off the roster in two seasons with the Rams and didn’t draw raves from the Chiefs in the 2017 preseason. He ended up getting released by Seattle and added to the practice squad — and the Hawks didn’t owe a seventh for him.
Sept. 1: Acquired DL Sheldon Richardson and 2018 seventh-rounder from the New York Jets for WR Jermaine Kearse and 2018 picks in the second and seventh rounds.
Comment: The Hawks were not going to keep Kearse and his $5 million salary in 2018, so they got something in return. But Richardson’s play didn’t match the price the Hawks paid for the one-year rental. Schneider had a chance to make this a tie, but he didn’t play the comp game in 2018 and thus didn’t get anything for losing Richardson to Minnesota.
Sept. 1: Acquired CB Justin Coleman from New England for 2018 seventh-rounder.
Comment: This looked like a flier on secondary depth, but Coleman rose up and played in 60 percent of the defensive snaps in 2017. He was the team’s top RFA and returned in 2018, earning a big contract from Detroit in 2019 that netted Seattle a 2020 fourth-rounder (which became Miami RB DeeJay Dallas).
Sept. 1: Traded CB Tramaine Brock to Minnesota for a seventh-rounder in 2018.
Comment: Pretty good to get something for a guy the Hawks just added two weeks earlier. They basically flipped Brock for Coleman in a three-team trade, getting back the pick they sent the Patriots.
Aug. 21: Acquired OL Matt Tobin & 2018 seventh-rounder from Philadelphia for 2018 fifth-rounder.
Comment: With George Fant out for the season, the Seahawks needed depth on the line and were still a couple of months from acquiring Duane Brown. Tobin barely played for Seattle, but he didn’t cost that much.
July 28: Acquired LB D.J. Alexander from Kansas City for LB Kevin Pierre-Louis.
Comment: For the second time in three years, the Seahawks got an ace special-teams player from Kansas City. The Chiefs obviously thought KPL could be better for them, but Seattle valued Alexander for his teams ability. As it turned out, Alexander was banged up all year — just like KPL used to be. KPL put together a decent journeyman career, going on to play for four more teams through 2022.
April 28: Traded down from 34 to 35, adding a sixth from Jacksonville.
Comment: The Seahawks added a sixth-round pick for moving back one spot. Their first pick was a gamble on Michigan State DT Malik McDowell, and they used the sixth-rounder on Cincinnati DB Mike Tyson. In all, they moved down three times to get five players for the price of one. Pretty good addition; too bad most of the picks didn’t turn out.
April 27: Traded down from 31 to 34, adding a fourth from San Francisco.
Comment: Adding a fourth for a three-spot drop was a solid move. The Hawks used the pick to add to their secondary, with Colorado FS Tedric Thompson. He was gone after getting beaten too much (and injured) in 2019.
April 27: Traded down from 26 to 31, adding a third and seventh from Atlanta.
Comment: Schneider pulled off the same deal as 2016, this time getting a seventh on top of the third. Those picks turned into Michigan SS Delano Hill and Oklahoma State RB Chris Carson.
April 26: Traded RB Marshawn Lynch and a sixth-rounder in 2018 to Oakland for a 2018 fifth-rounder.
Comment: This move was weeks in the making, as Lynch decided to come out of retirement after a year to play for his hometown team. Schneider accommodated him by making a simple transaction with his friend, Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie. The Hawks were never going to get much because they had no leverage. But, considering they had moved on from Lynch anyway, it was a bonus small move up in the 2018 draft. The Hawks brought Lynch back from semi-retirement for their 2019 playoff run.
4 trades: 2-0-2
Sept. 3: Acquired LB Dewey McDonald from Oakland for a 2017 seventh-rounder.
Comment: The Seahawks made two trades on cutdown day but ended up keeping only McDonald, who turned into a special-teams mainstay in 2016 but finished 2017 on IR.
April 30: Traded a 2017 fourth-round pick and swapped 2016 seventh-rounders with New England to add a fifth-round pick.
Comment: For the first time in his seven drafts, Schneider surrendered a future draft pick. He did it to get DT Quinton Jefferson, whom the Seahawks viewed as a bit like Michael Bennett. Jefferson spent his first season on injured reserve and bounced to the Rams and back in 2017. He turned into a starter in 2018, left for Buffalo in 2020, then played for the Raiders in 2021 before coming back for a third stint in Seattle in 2022.
April 29: Moved up in the second round from 56 overall to 49, sending a fourth-round pick to Chicago.
Comment: The Seahawks didn’t have to pay much to move up and get the best run-stopping DT in the draft, Jarran Reed. Schneider’s highest-drafted DT stepped right in as the replacement for the departed Brandon Mebane.
April 28: Moved down from 26 to 31 and received a third-round pick from Denver.
Comment: The Seahawks used the 31st pick to help their offensive line, adding Germain Ifedi. Getting a third-round pick made this an automatic win. They used that selection on TE Nick Vannett.
6 trades: 1-2-3
Sept. 6: Traded RB Christine Michael to Dallas for conditional seventh-rounder in 2016.
Comment: Michael was drafted in the second round in 2013, so this was a horrible return at the time. It turned into a free pick though when the Seahawks ended up bringing Michael back. We’ll call it a tie — even though the Hawks let Michael go again in 2016.
Sept. 5: Acquired S Kelcie McCray from Kansas City for conditional fifth in 2016.
Comment: With Kam Chancellor holding out, the Hawks felt they needed to trade for a safety. McCray proved to be a decent addition, especially on special teams, but the Hawks didn’t bring him back after 2016 (and no one else signed him either).
Aug. 31: Traded WR Kevin Norwood to Carolina for conditional seventh in 2017.
Comment: Schneider basically swapped a 2014 fourth for a 2017 seventh. Schneider has been terrible with fourth-round receivers.
Aug. 2: Acquired CB Mohammed Seisay from Detroit for a sixth-rounder in 2016.
Comment: It was a desperation move as the Hawks worked to fill injury gaps in the secondary during training camp, but Seisay spent 2015 and 2016 on IR and was cut in early 2017.
May 1: Traded a third (95), fourth (112), fifth (167) and sixth (181) to Washington to move up 26 spots in the third round to select WR Tyler Lockett.
Comment: Lockett has been stellar as a returner and receiver, making the Pro Bowl as a rookie and scoring 10 touchdowns in 2018 and then going over 1,000 yards (with eight TDs) for the first time in 2019. This will go down as one of Schneider’s best moves.
March 10: Acquired TE Jimmy Graham and a fourth-rounder (112) from New Orleans for C Max Unger and a first-rounder (31).
Comment: We called this a win when it was made (Unger couldn’t stay healthy in Seattle), but then Graham got hurt at midseason and was unable to prove it in 2015. That injury, combined with problems at center that year, made it seem like a loss. Graham bounced back from a torn patellar tendon and had the best season ever by a Seahawks tight end in 2016, then scored 10 TDs in 2017. But the Hawks never used him properly, so this reverts to a tie (some would call it a loss because Unger played well in New Orleans before retiring in 2019, but Graham is still the best receiving tight end in Seattle history).
6 trades: 1-2-3
Oct. 17: Traded WR Percy Harvin to N.Y. Jets for a sixth-round pick (could have been a fourth if Jets had kept Harvin).
Comment: The Hawks sent three picks to Minnesota and paid $18.4 million to a guy who played in eight of 24 possible games (including playoffs). The Hawks ended up getting screwed in this deal even worse than they were in the Deion Branch move — although at least they didn’t send Harvin back to the same team that fleeced them to start with. It wasn’t hard to predict this ending. It was a resounding loss — the biggest in Schneider’s tenure.
Aug. 30: Acquired CB Marcus Burley from Indianapolis for sixth-rounder in 2015.
Comment: Burley filled in during the first half of the 2014 season as injuries racked the secondary, and he stepped in again for the same reason in 2015 before being let go in 2016. He was a solid backup, and that’s what sixth-round picks are for.
May 10: Traded down in the fourth round (111 to 123) with Cincinnati and added a sixth-rounder (199).
Comment: It seems like the Hawks should have netted a fifth for this move — or at least a seventh in addition to the sixth. But they ended up with an extra player (OT Garrett Scott at 199) and still got the guy they were targeting at 111, Norwood. Unfortunately, they were unaware of Scott’s heart defect, so they basically dropped 12 spots for nothing.
May 9: Traded down from 40 to 45 with Detroit, sending the Lions a fifth-rounder (146) and acquiring a fourth (111) and seventh (227).
Comment: The Hawks dropped down twice and still got the guy they wanted, WR Paul Richardson. Out of this deal, they ended up with FB Kiero Small (227) and they moved down again from 111 to add yet another pick (WR Kevin Norwood). Good moves by Schneider to add another pick, but Small did not make the team in 2014 and Norwood was gone in 2015. Nothing gained here.
May 8: Traded No. 32 to Minnesota for No. 40 and a fourth-rounder (108).
Comment: If they couldn’t have traded out of the first round, the Hawks were set to take Paul Richardson at 32. That would have been too high. As it turned out, they moved down again and landed him at No. 45. With pick 108, they grabbed Cassius Marsh. Both players turned into contributors — Marsh as a special-teams standout and good supporting pass rusher, Richardson coming back from injury to make some big plays in 2016 and 2017 before Washington signed him to a big deal in 2018.
April 21: Acquired QB Terrelle Pryor from Oakland for seventh-round pick (247).
Comment: Pryor counted as part of the 2014 draft class, and he might have been the best move Schneider made on Day 3 — even though this deal was done three weeks before the draft. Pryor was a third-round supplemental pick by Oakland, and he started nine games for them in 2013. Schneider had nothing to lose by taking a flier on the supremely talented athlete, even if he didn’t make the team. (He became a good receiver for Cleveland in 2016.)
5 trades: 1-1-3
Aug. 20: Traded OG John Moffitt to Denver for DT Sealver Siliga
Comment: The Hawks wasted a third-round pick on Moffitt, who simply didn’t have the desire to play — he retired three months after being traded and then was arrested in Chicago in March 2014 on drug possession charges. Siliga did some time on the practice squad in 2013 before finding his way onto New England’s roster. Neither team got anything out of this deal, although Siliga returned to the team briefly in 2016.
April 26: Traded No. 56 to Baltimore for No. 62 (Christine Michael), 165 and 199
April 27: Traded No. 165 and 199 to Detroit for No. 137 (Jesse Williams)
Comment: Schneider pulled his usual trick in the second round and moved down before drafting Michael. Then the GM used the two other picks to move up in the fifth round and draft DT Jesse Williams. Michael was not a smart pick (the Chiefs took Travis Kelce one pick later) and Williams never could shake injuries and illness. But Schneider gets an A for effort.
April 1: Traded QB Matt Flynn to Oakland for No. 5 in 2014 and conditional pick in 2015
Comment: After paying Flynn $8 million to back up Wilson in 2012, Schneider knew he could not do it again in 2013, so he found a team that was willing to make Flynn its starter and he foisted Flynn’s $5.25 million salary off on Oakland. Flynn lost the starting job to Pryor and was released in October. The Hawks did not get the conditional pick in 2015, but they used the fifth in 2014 to trade down in the second round and add a fourth and seventh. The fourth turned into WR Kevin Norwood and the seventh became FB Kiero Small — neither of whom did anything for Seattle. But at least Schneider tried to get something for Flynn, so we will give him a win.
March 12: Acquired WR Percy Harvin from Minnesota for No. 1, No. 7, 2014 No. 3
Comment: At the time, this was the biggest blockbuster of Schneider’s tenure (it has since been trumped by the Wilson and Adams deals). Schneider gambled three picks and $67 million that Harvin would turn the Seahawks’ offense into a nuclear power, but Harvin had a reactor leak in his hip in 2013 and barely played. He showed signs of what he could do in limited game action, including returning a kick for a touchdown in the Super Bowl. The Hawks tried to design their offense around him in 2014, but his bad attitude was too much to overcome, and Schneider ended up getting his ass kicked in this deal — easily the worst move he has made as Seattle GM (we knew this deal would flop).
5 trades: 3-0-2
Aug. 27: Sent QB Tarvaris Jackson to Buffalo for seventh in 2013.
Comment: It would have been nice if the Hawks could have gotten more for him. The Bills buried him on the inactive list because they would have owed a sixth-rounder if he had been active for six games. Nice to have something for him but the Hawks mishandled him the entire way, from his inclusion in the bogus three-headed QB competition to the late deal. The fact that he was back a year later means the Hawks got a seventh-rounder for free. They used the selection in the package of picks they sent Minnesota for Percy Harvin in 2013.
Aug. 20: Sent LB Barrett Ruud to New Orleans for seventh in 2013.
Comment: Not a bad deal, trading an injured guy after you signed him to a cheap contract. The Saints ended up releasing him in October and the Hawks walked away with a seventh-rounder, which they used on OG Ryan Seymour (who did nothing with Seattle). The Hawks could have gotten another seven for Braylon Edwards if they had been willing to deal him in September, but they misjudged that situation and ended up getting nothing for him when they released him after the trade deadline.
May 21: Acquired TE Kellen Winslow from Tampa Bay for a conditional sixth or seventh in 2013.
Comment: The deal was contingent on Winslow making the team, and the Hawks ended up cutting him after he reportedly balked at taking a pay cut. Adding such a locker room cancer was a dumb idea anyway, but his 2019 guilty pleas for rape and sexual assault of two women (which followed other incidents of sexual perversion) and the 14-year prison sentence that followed proved it was a good thing he was just a footnote in Seattle history.
April 26: Dropped from 43 to 47 and picked up a fifth (154) and seventh (232) from the Eagles.
Comment: The Hawks ended up adding two picks to LB Bobby Wagner (47). LB Korey Toomer (154) was never able to stay healthy. DE Greg Scruggs (232) played quite a bit in the second half of his rookie season and then missed 2013 with an ACL injury and had injury issues again in 2014 and faded out of the league by 2015. Wagner was a great pick, but he is not a product of this trade (they could have had him at 43). Still, Schneider got some good extra picks for the move.
April 26: Dropped from 12 to 15 and picked up a fourth (114) and sixth (172) from the Eagles.
Comment: Schneider considered dropping farther down in the first round, but he decided to grab Bruce Irvin at 15 because he thought the Jets would take him at 16. The pick was a reach, but Schneider got good value for it. DT Jaye Howard (114) was inactive for most of his rookie season and didn’t make the team in 2013 (he went on to star briefly for Kansas City), but CB Jeremy Lane (172) became a special-teams standout and saw a lot of action in his first two seasons before having a horribly unlucky 2014 season. He earned a contract extension in 2016, but the team tried to trade him to Houston in the Duane Brown deal in 2017 (he failed a physical) and the Hawks cut him after that season.
3 trades: 1-0-2
Oct. 13: Traded LB Aaron Curry to Oakland for a 2012 seventh-rounder (OG J.R. Sweezy) and a fifth in 2013 (CB Tharold Simon).
Comment: We originally called this a loss simply because dumping the fourth overall pick should be a loss unless you come up with some great stuff out of it. But Curry’s admission that he was a lazy slug who did not try once he got paid (aka a thief) removes much of the blame from Schneider, who did not draft him anyway. Sweezy turned into a solid starter at right guard and earned a big contract from Tampa Bay before returning to Seattle in 2018 and continuing his career in Arizona after that. Simon was injured for most of his three seasons — and burned when he wasn’t hurt — and was let go in 2016. Curry joined Carroll’s staff in 2019 — as crazy as that is to imagine.
Aug. 29: Traded CB Kelly Jennings to Cincinnati for DT Clinton McDonald.
Comment: The Hawks drafted two corners in 2011 and also had Marcus Trufant and Roy Lewis (who knew Brandon Browner would end up being more significant than any of them?) and needed depth on the D-line. Jennings lasted just one year in Cincinnati, but McDonald played for the Hawks for three years and parlayed a surprising 2013 season into a nice contract from Tampa Bay.
April 28: Traded the No. 57 pick along with fifth- (No. 157) and seventh-round picks (209) to the Lions for third- (No. 75), fourth- (No. 107), fifth- (No. 154) and seventh-round picks (No. 205).
Comment: Schneider basically turned Seattle’s second-round pick into a third and fourth (the moves in the fifth and seventh were negligible). The Hawks ended up with OG John Moffitt (75), WR Kris Durham (107), CB Richard Sherman (154) and DE Pep Levingston (205). Yes, Sherman was easily the best player to come out of the deal, but the Hawks surely could have had him with their original fifth-rounder, so he is not really a product of this move. Moffitt and Durham were flops. If the Hawks had stood pat in the second, they could have had WR Torrey Smith or WR Randall Cobb. The value of this trade was good, but Schneider took the wrong players, so we’ll call it a tie.
13 trades: 5-2-6
Oct. 11: Traded WR Deion Branch to New England for a 2011 fourth-round pick (K.J. Wright).
Comment: Yeah, the Hawks didn’t get back nearly what they gave up in what became one of the franchise’s worst trades ever, but they got more from the Patriots than they probably could have gotten from anyone else for a broken-down little wideout. And then the Hawks pulled off a nice find in Wright, who replaced Curry as the strongside starter as a rookie. Straight up, you would call that a win. But you have to factor in the 2006 first-rounder and the $39 million contract Branch cost the Seahawks. That makes it a tie.
Oct. 5: Traded a 2011 fourth-rounder and 2012 fifth-rounder to Buffalo for RB Marshawn Lynch.
Comment: That 67-yard Beast Quake touchdown run against the Saints in the 2010 playoffs was probably worth these two picks all by itself. But the Hawks got four great seasons out of Lynch as he became the identity of their offense — except from the 1-yard line with the Super Bowl on the line, apparently.
Sept. 5: Traded a 2011 seventh-rounder to Philadelphia for OT Stacy Andrews.
Comment: Andrews did not make the team, but it was nothing to give up for a guy who might have turned into something for Seattle.
Aug. 31: Traded a 2012 seventh-rounder to Detroit for OT Tyler Polumbus.
Comment: Polumbus started seven games for Seattle in 2010 and played in 20 before the Hawks surprisingly let him go in 2011 (when they still had line problems). He went on to start 42 games for Washington. He was a nice emergency pickup by Schneider, who should have kept him longer.
Aug. 31: Traded CB Josh Wilson to Baltimore for a 2011 fifth-round choice.
Comment: We railed against this move when the Hawks dumped their best cover corner for peanuts. They went with Kelly Jennings at corner in 2010, and he failed to make a play. The Hawks ended up using that fifth-rounder in the deal with Detroit that netted them Sherman, so they basically replaced Wilson with Sherman a year later. But that doesn’t change the fact that the Seahawks should have gotten more for Wilson or, better yet, kept him over Jennings. Interesting side note: The Ravens recouped their fifth-rounder as a comp pick in 2012 for Wilson signing with Washington.
Aug. 18: Traded DE Lawrence Jackson to Detroit for a 2011 sixth-round choice (CB Byron Maxwell).
Comment: You can argue that Jackson was a bad first-round pick — he should have been a second-rounder. But this was just cutting losses. Jackson became a good rotation guy on Detroit’s line (13 sacks in three seasons) but was out of the league by 2013. Meanwhile, after two injury-plagued seasons, Maxwell ascended to Seattle’s starting lineup in 2014 and earned a big contract from Philadelphia. That turned this from a loss to a tie. That’s as good as it gets when you dump a first-rounder for a sixth.
Aug. 16: Traded a 2011 sixth-rounder to San Francisco for DT Kentwan Balmer.
Comment: This was the reverse of the Jackson deal, sending a late-round pick on a flier for a former first-rounder. No big loss.
April 24: Acquired RB LenDale White, DT Kevin Vickerson, a fourth-rounder (CB Walter Thurmond) and a sixth (TE Anthony McCoy) from Tennessee for a fourth and sixth.
Comment: At the time, this looked like a major win. But White was cut soon after the deal, and Vickerson surprisingly was let go just before the season. Thurmond played well when he wasn’t injured or suspended, and McCoy was inconsistent until injuries cost him the 2013 and 2014 seasons. The Titans ended up with CB Alterraun Verner in the fourth, and he made the Pro Bowl in 2013 before earning a $26.5 million contract with Tampa Bay in 2014.
April 24: Acquired RB Leon Washington and a seventh-round pick (DE Dexter Davis) from the New York Jets for a fifth-round pick (RB John Conner).
Comment: This looked like a great deal from the start, and Washington’s three return TDs in 2010 quickly verified that observation. Plus, the Hawks were able to keep him on a four-year deal in 2011, and he continued to run well for them in 2011-12 before they let him go in 2013 after they acquired Harvin (we never liked either of those moves).
April 5: Traded OG Rob Sims and a seventh-rounder to Detroit for DE Robert Henderson and a fifth-rounder (S Kam Chancellor).
Comment: In 2010, this looked like a possible tie as the Hawks really struggled with their O-line (not much has changed, eh?), but Chancellor quickly tipped this deal in Seattle’s favor with his rapid progress in 2011. Over the second half of 2013, he was as dominant as any defender in the league. And he turned it up again in the 2014 playoffs, especially against Carolina. Sims started every game with the Lions for five years and was very solid for them, so it’s not like the Lions got their butts kicked in this deal. But Seattle got a Pro Bowl safety out of it.
March 17: Acquired QB Charlie Whitehurst and a second-round pick (60, WR Golden Tate) from San Diego for a second-rounder (40, RB Ryan Mathews) and a 2011 third-rounder (DB Shareece Wright).
Comment: This deal was a loss when it was made, based on what the Seahawks gave up for a third-string QB. The Chargers used the second-rounder to move up in the first round and draft Mathews. The Hawks drafted Tate at 60, and he took a couple of years to develop before turning in two good seasons and moving on to Detroit. Whitehurst did start the division-clinching season finale vs. the Rams in 2010, but he was uninspiring. And his horrendous performance in Cleveland in 2011 put the nail in his coffin. The Hawks got a little something back, though, because the Chargers brought him back in March 2012, and he netted the Hawks a seventh-round comp pick.
March 16: Traded DE Darryl Tapp to Philadelphia for DE Chris Clemons and a fourth-rounder (DE E.J. Wilson).
Comment: Clemons had 33.5 sacks in his first three years before tearing his ACL in the 2012 playoffs and getting cut after the 2013 Super Bowl season. Tapp had six sacks in three years for Philly and played for Detroit, New Orleans and Tampa Bay through 2017. This is obviously one of Schneider’s best trades, even though Wilson did not work out.
March 8: Traded QB Seneca Wallace to Cleveland for a seventh-rounder in 2011.
Comment: When this deal was originally made, it seemed like a loss, simply because it seemed Schneider could have gotten one of Mike Holmgren’s three fifth-round picks in the 2010 draft. Wallace started seven games for the Browns over two years and was out of the league by 2014. The seventh-rounder the Hawks got went to Detroit in that Moffitt-Durham deal. So basically, the Hawks traded Wallace for Pep Levingston. Nothing for either side to crow about.