D’Anthony Smith headed to Seattle in trade
It was a somewhat surprising acquisition by the Seahawks considering they already released defensive tackles Michael Brooks, Dewayne Charrington, Sealver Siliga and Jaye Howard ahead of the final cuts deadline this weekend. But the Seahawks could definitely use the additional depth across their defensive line, which has been plagued by injuries.
However, the move could still have long-term ramifications for the Seahawks if Smith fails to stay healthy this season. As a fourth-year player out of Louisiana Tech, Smith had his first NFL regular-season action last year when he played four games for the Jaguars before being placed on the season-ending injured reserve in November with a head injury. Smith had 10 tackles (six solo) in 2012.
Smith also spent his first two NFL seasons on the injured reserve as well. After the Jaguars selected Smith in the third-round of the 2010 draft, the tem initially planned to pair him up with Tyson Alualu on the inside to rush the passer. But Smith missed his rookie season on the injured reserve, due to an Achilles tendon injury he suffered in training camp. And in 2011, Smith landed back on the injured reserve after suffering a toe injury.
The Seahawks are probably hoping that they’ve made a bargain trade for an potentially emerging player, as it appeared Smith had managed to find his niche in first-year Jaguars coach Gus Bradley's defense as a three-technique defensive tackle . The Seahawks, Bradley’s former team, run a somewhat similar defensive scheme to the Jaguars.
This was the third transaction this week involving the Jaguars and the Seahawks. The Jaguars signed former Seahawks linebacker Kyle Knox earlier on Tuesday and added cornerback Will Blackmon to the secondary the following day.