The Seattle Seahawks decided this past offseason that they had a wide receiving corps that was not exactly up to the standards of the rest of the National Football League. Not even if the watered down NFC West. Seattle went forward and cut Mike Williams, who had been one of their better receivers a couple of seasons ago. That left them with Ben Obomanu and Deon Butler atop the team’s wide receiver depth chart.
Which is actually quite strange, considering that Sidney Rice and Doug Baldwin are still on the roster. I take it we are to assume their health and production are not quite up to par either.
But after taking a look at how that may actually play out this season for either Matt Flynn or Russell Wilson at quarterback, Pete Carroll and the Seahawks decided that Charly Martin as the team’s No. 3 receiver was not exactly going to help Seattle open up a potent offense through the air.
Due to that, the Seahawks went out and signed Braylon Edwards. And then they brought in Terrell Owens.
Now, if this was 2003, this would be an explosive offense.
Unfortunately for Seattle, this is 2012.
The Seahawks are hoping that lightning can strike with either Edwards or Owens, but it appears is if keeping both of them for their opening week roster to start the 2012 regular season may not be all too likely.
Edwards and Owens are both big names. They may not play like they once did, but neither one is going to settle to playing on special teams. That means that if they are not starting or getting enough playing time, they are not likely to be the greatest teammates on the sidelines.
With that being said, Seattle is hoping that either Edwards or Owens can be productive enough to earn a spot on the roster. But they are not truly all that optimistic that both will make the team once the regular season rolls around in a few weeks.
As of now, if that is indeed the case, Edwards is the leader in the club house, or locker room, in this instance. He led the Seahawks in receiving yards in Seattle’s first preseason game and even added a touchdown catch for good measure. Owens did not make an appearance in that game.
But T.O. is expected to play in Seattle’s next game, and Carroll said that he will play pretty early in the game and see enough action to help the team make an informed decision going forward regarding the future playing status of both receivers.
If Seattle is going with Obomanu and Butler as the No. 1 and No. 2 wide receiver, it is going to be very difficult to expect Edwards and Owens to be content to sit on the sidelines and only get in on a few plays per game.
It is much more likely that either one or both will be cut before the Seahawks week one kickoff against the Arizona Cardinals. Tonight could give an early indication as to which, if either players, will wind up on the roster at that point.