The NFL trade deadline quickly approaches, and several teams are examining moves that could clear up some cap space, bring in extra draft picks, or secure a piece of the puzzle. According to a report by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Seattle Seahawks could move a former first-round pick.
Rapoport provided the update on October 24 before multiple games kicked off. He explained that trading pass rusher LJ Collier could be an option for the Seahawks. The 29th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft hasn’t been a factor along the defensive line in 2021 while only appearing in games against the Rams and Titans.
“A former first-rounder, Collier has only been active for two games this season after collecting three sacks last year,” Rapoport said in an article from NFL Media. “The Seahawks have had discussions centered around Collier at various points this season and prior to it, and Collier is just 26. A fresh start may make sense for all sides, especially with plenty of teams needing edge help.”
The former TCU standout had a strong 2020 campaign overall. He started all 16 games and tallied three sacks and seven quarterback hits while helping the Seahawks secure a 12-4 season and the NFC West crown.
The situation changed, however, entering the 2021 campaign. The Seahawks made Collier inactive for the first game of the season and sparked questions from the fans and members of the media.