Welcome to the 2010-2011 National Football League season.
The pre-Draft hysteria is well underway and, with the clocks hitting midnight Eastern last night, free agency began. Less than a day into free agency the Seahawks are already hurting.
According to a report by ESPN’s John Clayton, wide receiver Nate Burleson signed a five-year, $25 million deal with the Detroit Lions.
The move is especially damaging for Seattle because, aside from first-year wide receiver Deon Butler, the Seahawks don’t have a threat for the deep strike down field. Making things worse is that there really isn’t a player of that mold left in free agency. Yes, Terrell Owens is available, but an aging, slowing and moody Owens is not what an already older Seattle team needs.
What this means is that the team will most likely have to spend a draft selection, probably a high one, on a quality wide receiver that can stretch the field. While bringing in a Dez Bryant or an Arrelious Benn would be ideal, this would clearly eat into Seattle’s chances of filling needs at any of the following: offensive line, running back or quarterback.
On the other hand, don’t be so quick to ignore Mike Williams. Seattle could pick up the former Syracuse Orange with a third-round choice or maybe even a fourth-round one. Williams does have serious character issues, but, with a coach like Pete Carroll and a veteran role model like TJ Houshmandzadeh, Williams’ rough corners could be rounded out. Do I think this will happen? Not really, but there is a chance.