The Seattle Seahawks may need to hit the free agent market in search of a wide receiver.
The Seahawks receiving corps is banged up after the team’s 28-24 loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday. Doug Baldwin missed the game with a high ankle sprain and is a long shot to play this week against the Minnesota Vikings, according to head coach Pete Carroll. Braylon Edwards’ knee swelled up before the game and led to him being inactive, with an MRI needed on Monday. Ben Obomanu suffered a sprained wrist and is also seeing a specialist.
That leaves the Seahawks with just three currently healthy receivers in Sidney Rice, Golden Tate, and Charly Martin. Carroll didn’t know the prognosis on Obomanu. Carroll said he thinks Edwards will be OK, but the Seahawks won’t know for sure until later in the week. Either way, the Seahawks are taking stock of their possible options if necessary.
“We’ve got to find out what’s the deal with [Obomanu] and we’re not going to know about Doug and the likelihood is not great for Doug so we’re looking at our options here,” Carroll said.
Rookie Jermaine Kearse has been on the practice squad most of the season and would likely be the first option for Seattle if they needed to sign someone to the active roster but the Seahawks may elect to sign a player off the street instead. Terrell Owens, Deon Butler, Lavasier Tuinei, and Phil Bates were receivers that were in camp with Seattle and are familiar with their system. They could be possible options if the Seahawks find themselves shorthanded.