Training camps are now underway across the NFL, and for teams like the Seattle Seahawks, it’s a good time to re-evaluate the players on the 90-man roster and see if it’s time to cut their losses and to exchange them.
Brent Sobleski with Bleacher Report gave his list of trades every team in the league should be making ahead of the start of the 2022 season. For the Seahawks, Sobleski suggested cutting ties with former first-round pick LJ Collier and sending him to the New York Giants.
“To say [Collier has] “Was a disappointment is an understatement,” said Sobleski. “He could end up with a team like the New York Giants who are better equipped to use his skills. Collier, who has never been a great edge rusher, can start as a base end alongside Leonard Williams and Dexter Lawrence and reduce down in certain sub-packages.”
While Sobleski didn’t mention compensation in a possible trade, it’s unlikely the Seahawks would ask much from the Giants to unload the former first-round pick.
Collier hasn’t had the impact Seahawks fans were hoping for as a former first-round pick, but considering he’s only 26, he still has time to turn his NFL career around.
Collier acted at TCU in college and it was a few years before he got a part in the Horned Frogs. However, when he became a full-time starter as a redshirt sophomore, he began to have a huge impact on the team. He finished his collegiate senior career with an All-Big 12 first-team selection after winning six sacks and 11.5 tackles for a loss.
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The Horned Frogs’ edge rusher impressed enough as a senior that he was invited to the Senior Bowl and helped him step in front of scouts and coaches from around the league. NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein described Collier as not a great athlete but with a “robust gameplay and a surprising acumen.”
The Seahawks selected Collier with the 29th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, but so far he has had very little impact at the NFL level. In his first three seasons, Collier had just three sacks, five tackles for loss and just 12 quarterback hits.
With the Seahawks declining Colliers’ fifth-year option, the 26-year-old’s time in Seattle could be coming to an end. If the Seahawks want to see some sort of return on investment for Collier before he becomes a free agent, finding a trade partner before the start of the 2022 season would make sense.
Originally conceived as an edge rusher, Collier has now dedicated himself exclusively to defensive tackle. The move makes a lot of sense, especially considering how much depth the Seahawks now have on the edge rusher and defensive end.
Darrell Taylor, selected for the second round a year after Collier was drafted, has begun to play a bigger role in Seattle’s defense. Taylor is expected to be a breakout candidate for the 2022 season, and the Seahawks expect him to make another big move.
There are also a handful of new faces who will attempt to rush the passer-by. Second-round pick Boye Mafe showed some explosiveness in Minnesota and has a handful of pass-rush moves that make him a dangerous threat.
Veteran defensive end Shelby Harris was traded from the Denver Broncos with Russell Wilson and is coming off one of his best seasons in 2021, with six sacks over four seasons.
The Seahawks have some legitimacy as a pass rusher, so this could be his last season in Seattle unless Collier can have any real impact on defensive tackles.