Bryce Fisher Traded to Titans

After two full seasons in Seattle and a trip to the Super Bowl, defensive end Bryce Fisher's time with Seattle has come to a close. On Tuesday, Fisher was traded to the Tennessee Titans for a draft pick.

Defensive end Bryce Fisher has been traded to the Tennessee Titans for an undisclosed future draft pick.

Formerly with the Rams and Bills, Fisher was signed to a four-year, $10 million contract in March of 2005, after the Seahawks lost free agent DE Chike Okeafor to the Cardinals during a front-office shakeup. An instrumental part of the team that played in the franchise's first Super Bowl, Fisher amassed a career-high nine sacks during his first season in Seattle. 2006 saw perhaps his greatest game, when he faced dominant Rams left tackle Orlando Pace and beat him for two sacks at St. Louis on October 15.

However, Fisher's role began to decline as the 2006 season wound down. The Seahawks selected Virginia Tech's Darryl Tapp in the second round of the 2006 draft, and that was one of the first signs that the Grant Wistrom/Bryce Fisher end combo was on the way out. Wistrom was cut in March, after Seattle signed Patrick Kerney, and the recent trade for Jason Babin and the acquisition of Ellis Wyms told Fisher all he needed to know. Seahawks team president Tim Ruskell wants speed rushers on the ends, and the more "hybrid" ends like Fisher don't seem to fit the scheme.

At his best, Fisher is a good depth option in that he can play the run and the pass. As he gets older, the latter skill will decline, but he's good in a rotation. He's a smart, professional player who will come into a new situation and do his best. It's also not surprising that he was traded to the Titans, as Tennessee General Manager Mike Reinfeldt was a big part of the Seahawks' front office when Fisher signed there.

Fisher was proud of his active involvement in community charities, and he's always been close to his military roots.

 


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