Seahawks to consider a trade before deadline?

Few NFL teams have as exhaustively searched for improvements to the roster as the Seahawks during the Pete Carroll and John Schneider era. Could that aggression put the Seahawks in a buyer's mentality with the approaching NFL trade deadline?

The NFL's trade deadline is nine days away (November 3) and given Seattle's current 3-4 record as well as the creativity that Seahawks general manager John Schneider has shown in building (and re-building) the roster, it could be a date worth remembering.

In part due to the complicated salary structures and teams' general unwillingness to give up draft picks, trades are relatively rare in the NFL - at least in comparison to Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association. Of course, that hasn't stopped Schneider and Co. from making several trades in recent years, including the moves to land Marshawn Lynch and Jimmy Graham, add (and then jettison) Percy Harvin and most recently acquire veteran safety Kelcie McCray from the Kansas City Chiefs.

Even with the improvements shown by the offensive line over the past two weeks, the Seahawks could certainly use help along its front five. Center - where Seattle has rotated Drew Nowak with Patrick Lewis and Lemuel Jeanpierre in recent weeks - could be a position to target.

Depth at defensive tackle, middle linebacker and cornerback are other concerns.

The Seahawks will be getting a boost at wide receiver and cornerback soon with Paul Richardson eligible to come off the Injured Reserve list and Marcus Burley (also acquired via a trade) healing following surgery on his thumb.

Despite Seattle's needs and prior aggression in trades, the Seahawks haven't been among the teams NFL insiders like CBS' Jason LaCanfora and NFL.com's Ian Rapoport are currently focusing on. Not surprisingly, clubs struggling - like the San Francisco 49ersBaltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears - have generated most of the trade buzz with rumors swirling around quarterback Colin Kaepernick, tight end Vernon Davis, wide receiver Steve Smith and running back Matt Forte, specifically.



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