Bye week anything but relaxing
That was some kind of bye week if you are a Seattle Seahawks fan. First we find out Walter Thurmond is going to be suspended for 4 games under the NFL‘s substance abuse policies then we find out that he did not act alone. Brandon Browner is also facing suspension under the NFL’s substance abuse policy but for an entire year.
This can’t be what the Seahawks had in mind for their bye week.
So what impact will these guys being out have on the team? Let’s look at a few things.
The New Orleans game
The Monday Night Football showdown between the top two teams in the NFC will not be affected AT ALL. Brandon Browner was already out with an injury so the Seahawks knew he wasn’t going to play anyway.
Walter Thurmond‘s issues had to have been known by the Seahawk’s coaching staff prior to the bye week. Thurmond just dropped his appeal of the suspension to let it go forward. Who knows how long ago he was actually given that suspension.
Byron Maxwell and Jeremy Lane both played extensively at this same time last year when both Thurmond and Browner were out.
The Seahawks won 4 games without them, scoring more than 40 in 3 of those games and more than 50 in two of them.
Depth at CB
The Seahawks are very deep at this position. Maxwell and Lane both already have meaningful playing time under their belts. What the Seahawks can’t afford is another injury at the same position.
The Seahawks are expected to sign former 49ers CB Perrish Cox this week to help out with depth issues. Also keep an eye out for the name DeShawn Shead. He’s a practice squad defensive back for the Seahawks.
Pete Carroll is very high on the 2 year pro and he could find his way to the 53 man roster depending on how the Seahawks handle the roster spots of Browner and Thurmond
Brandon Browner’s future in Seattle
Sadly, I don’t think there is one and this might be the ultimate example of shooting yourself in the foot if you’re Browner. Browner has never had a big contract. He’s still working on that mini-deal, 3 years for $1.29 million plus a little bonus the Seahawks threw him to start 2013.
Brandon is slated to be a free agent at the end of the season. Not for this 1 year suspension he was probably looking at a huge multi-million dollar deal to play in Seattle or somewhere.
That’s all for not now.
I can’t think of a team that’s going to offer up big money to guy that’s going to be out for the better part of next season.
Walter Thurmond’s future in Seattle
Thurmond is suspended as of now. He’s out 4 games which takes him out for the remainder of the regular season.
He could return for the playoffs but will he?
Pete Carroll has to be tired of this from this same small group of players on his defense.
Even as a fan of the Seahawks, I think Carroll has to consider cutting Thurmond now.
Like Browner, Thurmond is scheduled to be a free agent at the end of the year and Pete Carroll should send a message to his team now that this kind of stuff won’t be tolerated.