Monday, March 16, 2009

Trade Center: NFL

The Deal: The Detroit Lions send defensive tackle Cory Redding and a 5th round pick in April's draft to the Seattle Seahawks for LB Julian Peterson

Lions: Two years ago Cory Redding was Detroit's franchise player now he will be playing his football in Seattle. Redding has the ability to be a dominating force in the middle but has been inconsistent the past two years. Though the Lions defensive tackle play was one of their weak points last season, Redding was deemed expendable with the signing of DT Grady Jackson earlier this month. By moving Redding the Lions were able to fix another area of concern, outside linebacker. Julian Peterson, who will be 31 next season, should be able to help the Lions with both his experience and his overall talent. Peterson will pair up with Ernie Sims to give the Lions one of the best outside linebacker combos in the league. Peterson can be an effective blitzer off the end and will be a big boost to the Lions pass rush.

Seahawks: As good as Peterson is he was a bit redundant on the Seahawks. They already have two star linebackers in Lofa Tatupu and Leroy Hill and a quality back-up in D.D. Lewis. Also on passing downs the Seattle can use Darryl Tapp to attack the quarterback. One area of concern for Seattle's defense was defensive tackle, their top tackle was allowed to leave in free agency leaving a big hole in the middle. Redding, along with free agent tackle Collin Cole should be able to fill that hole. The two newcomers will pair with hold over Brandon Mebane to form a solid tackle rotation with a lot of potential. Redding has the athleticism to play some defensive end as well and will likely play some on the outside on rushing downs. Redding could have a big year this year playing alongside Mebane and All-pro defensive end Patrick Kerney. The Seahawks also will receive a 5th round pick, where they can hopefully find a solid role player.

Winner: This one could go either way but I'll say the Lions are the winner even though they are giving up the younger player plus the draft pick. The Lions were the 32nd ranked defense with Cory Redding, so they can't really be any worse without him. Peterson's leadership and consistency should benefit everyone on the Lions defense.

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