Seattle’s trade of Deion Branch would have made sense even if they only got a seventh-round pick in return. They are saving money, and getting young promising players on the field more.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll announced Wednesday that Deon Butler would get the first crack at Branch’s old starting job. Rookie wideout Golden Tate also figures to get more snaps coming off the bench.
Butler has 16 targets over the first four games of the season, while Tate has eleven. Mike Williams hasn’t been overly productive with only 138 yards in four starts.