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Seahawks trade Lawrence Jackson to Lions

Two days after acquiring defensive lineman Kentwan Balmer from San Francisco, the Seahawks have traded Lawrence Jackson, their own 2008 first-round draft disappointment, to the Detroit Lions.

Lawrence Jackson

In return, the Seahawks will receive an undisclosed 2011 draft choice from the Lions, likely similar compensation to the sixth-round pick they sent to the 49ers for Balmer.

Though head coach Pete Carroll said Monday that Balmer's acquisition had nothing to do with Jackson since the two don't play the same spot in Seattle's new defensive scheme, the two trades turn into a flip-flop of players who have failed to live up to their expected potential.

Jackson was selected with the 28th pick in the first round in 2008, with Balmer going one spot later to the 49ers.

Jackson started 24 of 31 games played in Seattle with 61 tackles and 6 1/2 sacks in his two years. He has barely practiced this training camp due to a hamstring issue, finally getting on the field Tuesday to work some at the "Leo" pass-rushing defensive end spot that clearly belongs to Chris Clemons.

Nick Reed is now the primary backup there, along with Ricky Foley.

The move continues the roster churn underway with a new regime. That turnover is more prominent at defensive end than anywhere on the roster as all four players who started at that position last year -- Patrick Kerney, Darryl Tapp, Cory Redding and now Jackson -- are all gone.

Red Bryant and Clemons are working as the starting ends now, with fourth-round draft pick E.J. Wilson and undrafted rookie Rob Rose competing with Balmer at the strongside (five technique) position behind Bryant.

Jackson, at 270 pounds, originally was targeted at the five-technique spot, but was being switched more to the Leo speed rushing spot. But he never has been a pure speed rusher and seemed somewhat caught between positions in the new scheme.

Jackson played for Carroll at USC but the new coach already has shown he's willing to part with his former players, having released LenDale White just a month after acquiring him by trade from Tennessee.

Jackson got off to a good start last year with three sacks in the first two games, but he largely disappeared as the season progressed and finished with just 4 1/2 sacks on the season.

Obviously the new regime didn't see him fitting in to their plans.

"Detroit showed strong interest in Lawrence and this provides him an opportunity to move forward while he is still early in his career," Seahawks general manager John Schneider said in a statement released by the team.

"We want to thank Lawrence for all of his hard work that he has put in for the Seahawks organization over the last several months that coach Carroll and I have been here. We wish him the best," Schneider said.

Posted by at August 18, 2010 11:47 a.m.

Posted by unregistered user at 8/18/2010 11:51 a.m.

Perfect! We lucked out.


Posted by unregistered user at 8/18/2010 12:09 p.m.

Why does Detroit want all our players?


Posted by Feez at 8/18/2010 12:11 p.m.

they are trying to form the Detroit SeaLions


Posted by unregistered user at 8/18/2010 12:12 p.m.

What's up do we send all our unwanted player to Detroit?


Posted by unregistered user at 8/18/2010 12:14 p.m.

Detroit will never win if they have to work with rejected Seahawks


Posted by unregistered user at 8/18/2010 12:16 p.m.

I wouldn't say Nate B was "unwanted"


Posted by unregistered user at 8/18/2010 12:16 p.m.


Pretty dam funny.



Posted by Ams Fan at 8/18/2010 12:36 p.m.

Another great move. Produce or you will be shown the door. The organization is doing alot of good things to show players what it takes to hold a job.


Posted by MrJame at 8/18/2010 12:40 p.m.

Jackson is looking like a bust anyway...


Posted by unregistered user at 8/18/2010 12:49 p.m.

So, now the Lions have taken from the Seahawks a former pro bowler, last year's best offensive lineman, a quality receiver, and now a developing DE? Dang. I hold back any judging of the trade till the details are revealed.


Posted by unregistered user at 8/18/2010 1:08 p.m.

whoa whoa whoa.... did i hear someone mention the likes of rob simms as "the best" at something? rob simms would not be the best offensive linemen on a pee wee team... the only thing rob simms would be good for is chugging milk like a F**king baby good riddance best move they made all off season..


Posted by alohawk at 8/18/2010 1:18 p.m.

okay.... most got what they wanted..... we still need a good RT ... and I would love to see Seattle sneak Stephon Johnson away from Tennessee as a project for next year.... I think he will be on fire if he can get his ankle back together...


Posted by DHark at 8/18/2010 1:34 p.m.

Adios LoJack, you were a horrible first round pick by Ruskell. I remember what i thought when we picked him 28th overall, it was why didnt we pick him two rounds later and draft someone that is actually projected as a first rounder. thanks Tim


Posted by Clark W. Griswold at 8/18/2010 1:34 p.m.

If there were ever a city that needed a Lo-Jack it's Detroit.


Posted by unregistered user at 8/18/2010 2:08 p.m.

Funny: "Why does Detroit want all our players?" except the Seahawks traded for some Lions players. So I wouldn't feel too superior on that account.

As for taking a #2 WR (Nate): Megatron (C. Johnson) will be walking as FA if the Lions cannot find a way to break the 100% double and significant triple coverage he has faced. Nate was overpaid but good WRs are expensive to a bad team.

Now Lions get a G (Sims) that was going to be playing out of scheme and a DL (Jackson) also out of scheme, and underperforming.

I think this is a good deal for both. 5th rounder last draft & Seahawks get a better pick than they gave 49ers.

Lions get a starter (Sims) and depth at DL (for a 5th or 6th likely).


Posted by unregistered user at 8/18/2010 2:09 p.m.

Another early Ruskell pick wasted on a defensive player with limited upside.


Posted by unregistered user at 8/18/2010 2:15 p.m.

One bust for another. I have to say, Ruskell didn't have much to pick from in 2008. Should have traded up and got maybe a Cromartie, or any of the RB's before the 27th pick.


Posted by unregistered user at 8/18/2010 2:24 p.m.

Maybe Detroit will go to the Super Bowl and lose to the Steelers


Posted by unregistered user at 8/18/2010 2:26 p.m.

If someone could explain why the game was so fast for him mentally the past few years that would be helpful.

However, a fast rotation DL with a simple read Run to QB assignment is just what he needs. Less thinking! More letting his physical gifts loose!

I think he gets 6 or 7 sacks this year plus 3 or 4 FF.

The interesting thing is when he does well you'll wonder why he was traded.

Unfortunately, he would have never done well in Seattle because he couldn't get out of his own head long enough to make plays.


Posted by zardoz at 8/18/2010 3:48 p.m.

If a (rumored) 6th round pick for LJ is considered "strong interest" in John Schneider's world, I have to question his grasp on reality.


Posted by SFHawkFan at 8/18/2010 3:53 p.m.

Or, Ruskell could have pulled a Belichek in 2008, and traded out of the first round entirely, getting an extra pick, rather than picking a so-so defensive end.


Posted by unregistered user at 8/18/2010 3:59 p.m.

Hahaha, Detroit seaLions. Thats awesome!


Posted by unregistered user at 8/18/2010 4:06 p.m.

Okay, wait....rob sims the best offensive linemen???? And a developing DE? I guess when you're a lions fan you could be optimistic about any new player who didn't okay for them the last 7 years. Good luck with you're "developing" draft bust


Posted by unregistered user at 8/18/2010 4:35 p.m.

Jackson seems like a nice guy, intelligent too but as a DE, he was undersized and seemed unmotivated.

Good luck to him with the Seahawks East.


Posted by seahawkfansince84 at 8/18/2010 5:24 p.m.

Sealions-- perfect!
I think all the former seahawk players are going to detroit for psychological healing... you know they say they always go back to the one (or place) that hurt them the most. Maybe they can all get some closure over there.
maybe Bill Leavy should move to detroit also.... in fact, the whole seahawk fan base should move to Detroit.
Maybe the Seahawks will win again after that.


Posted by unregistered user at 8/18/2010 6:52 p.m.

Sunday is Lawrence's "work day"...


Posted by dellis sharpshooter at 8/18/2010 7:02 p.m.

julian peterson and mo morris are also sealions.


Posted by unregistered user at 8/18/2010 7:26 p.m.

Posted by unregistered user at 8/18/2010 2:15 p.m.

One bust for another. I have to say, Ruskell didn't have much to pick from in 2008. Should have traded up and got maybe a Cromartie, or any of the RB's before the 27th pick.

This is the BEST post so far on this topic.

So Glad Timmy Rusty-Skull is loooong gone!!!!


Posted by The Choctaw Kid at 8/19/2010 12:26 a.m.

Nice one Clark! Kudos on a deserving punchline nimbly delivered! Oh yeah...Jackson is gone? OH...okay, not a lot of shedding of tears from many Seahawks faithful...


Posted by unregistered user at 8/19/2010 3:56 a.m.

Well some players just need to get motivated and LJ wasn't doing his part here.Why.? I don't know but maybe the change of teams will help him get it going.We've got a few that need help but on the most part they're working hard to get it done. GO Hawk's


Posted by unregistered user at 8/19/2010 8:42 a.m.

They want them for the SEALION team.


Posted by Mark Proulx at 8/19/2010 9:29 a.m.

Talk about being exiled to the sports gulag!


Posted by unregistered user at 8/19/2010 12:00 p.m.

I wonder if the Lions need another RB or WR?

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