The Seattle Seahawks are actively exploring potential trades as the NFL trade deadline of October 31, 2023, approaches. One player in particular, New York Jets pass rusher Carl Lawson, has been frequently mentioned in connection with the Seahawks.
There have been reports suggesting that the Seahawks have engaged in discussions with the Jets regarding a trade for Lawson. This speculation gained momentum when NFL analyst Cam Marino, formerly with USA Today, tweeted about the Seahawks’ interest in Lawson and the Jets’ willingness to trade him.
Lawson is currently in the final year of his three-year, $45 million contract, which means that acquiring him would not require a long-term commitment from the Seahawks. He has a relatively low $3 million salary cap hit for this season. Notably, Lawson was inactive in Week 8 amid ongoing trade rumors.
Despite starting all 17 games in the 2022 season, Lawson has fallen out of favor with the Jets. He has only played in four games this season and recorded three tackles. In the previous season, Lawson had an impressive performance with 33 tackles, 24 quarterback hits, 9 tackles for loss, 7 sacks, and a forced fumble.
The Seahawks recently signed Frank Clark due to the season-ending injury of Uchenna Nwosu. However, there is still speculation about the Seahawks’ interest in adding more pass rushers, with Carl Lawson being considered a good fit for the team.
Some have proposed a trade idea involving Dee Eskridge, a Seahawks wide receiver, in exchange for Carl Lawson, given the Seahawks’ surplus of receiving options. Dee Eskridge returned to the active roster in Week 8 after serving a six-game suspension. The proposed trade involves the Seahawks sending Eskridge and a 2024 sixth-round pick to the Jets in exchange for Lawson and a 2024 seventh-round pick. This trade could benefit both teams by addressing positions of need and leveraging their strengths.
Although there is interest in potential trades, ESPN’s Dan Graziano reported that the Seahawks are unlikely to make an aggressive move. While they will entertain trade ideas, they appear content with their current edge rotation and may not rush into acquiring an additional pass rusher. General manager John Schneider is known for making last-minute deals, so one should not entirely rule out the possibility of a trade occurring before the deadline.