The NFL’s roster deadline came and went at 6:00 pm ET on Saturday, but that doesn’t mean that there weren’t non-cut fireworks around the league.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter dropped this mini-bomb via Twitter following the deadline:
Seahawks have traded an undisclosed future draft choice to the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for defensive tackle D’Anthony Smith.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 31, 2013
The acquisition of Smith from Jacksonville isn’t the only notable defensive line move for the Seahawks on Saturday (they also kept DE Chris Clemons on the active roster despite injury), but it is one that could have long-term ramifications. Smith is a 4th-year player from Louisiana Tech, but he first hit the NFL field during the regular season in 2012. The 25-year-old made 6 total tackles in 10 games, but as a defensive tackle, that isn’t the impact that he would make.
Seattle currently boasts one of the best defenses in the league, but depth on the defensive line is a slight concern in the relative absence of a stud like the aforementioned Clemons. I can’t imagine that the draft choice headed to Jacksonville is a high one, but it’s probably a sound investment for the Seahawks in their race for the Super Bowl this year.