Seattle sends CB Wilson to Baltimore

The Seattle Seahawks surprisingly traded starting cornerback

Josh Wilson to the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday in exchange for a

conditional 2011 draft pick.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said they felt there was enough

depth at the position with Kelly Jennings and rookie Walter

Thurmond that they could part with Wilson.

”This was a team that was very aggressive in coming after

Josh,” Seattle general manager John Schneider said. ”They were in

a situation where they have a strong need. It has more to do with

how Walter has stepped up and how (Marcus Trufant) is playing and

some of the younger guys.”

The move came just as the Seahawks were wrapping up practice on

Tuesday, a practice that Wilson participated in before receiving

word of the trade.

Wilson spent his first three seasons with the Seahawks after

being a second-round pick out of Maryland in 2007. Wilson started

23 of 28 games the last two seasons and took both of his

interceptions a year ago back for touchdowns.

Wilson also has been a standout on special teams, averaging 27

and 25 yards per kickoff return his first two years in the


Also playing a role in the deal was Wilson’s status as an

unrestricted free agent after this season. In Baltimore, he’ll fill

a need created when cornerback Domonique Foxworth tore up his knee

during a pre-camp drill.

”With Josh in terms of the value it was at a level with him

being an unrestricted free agent after the season, it was at a

point where we felt was definitely fair,” Schneider said.

With Wilson gone, Carroll said Jennings will step into the

starters role opposite Trufant. Jennings, nicknamed ”Slim”

because of his slender 180-pound frame, has started 29 of 64 games

since being a first-round pick in 2006. But his lack of weight has

led to Jennings getting isolated against bigger receivers in the

past. He has just one interception in four season.

Thurmond will step into the fifth defensive back spot, less than

a year after a devastating knee injury that cost him most of his

senior season at Oregon. He’ll share some of his nickel duties with

safety Jordan Babineaux and Roy Lewis. Running back Leon Washington

will become the Seahawks primary kick returner.

”Walter has had a great camp. He’s played beautifully,”

Carroll said. ”He’s played almost more than anybody else so we’ve

gotten a great look at him and really excited about his