A big deal is potentially brewing between the Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions involving Seahawks LB Julian Peterson and Lions DT Cory Redding, Booth Newspapers reported Saturday.
- The Detroit Lions are trying to work a trade with the Seattle Seahawks. The Lions would send defensive tackle Cory Redding to Seattle in exchange for Pro Bowl linebacker Julian Peterson.
- Asked if a deal had been completed, Lions spokesman Bill Keenist said, “We have nothing to confirm at this time.”
Peterson, a five-time Pro Bowler including the last three, has started every game but one over the last three seasons for Seattle after spending six seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. He has 46 sacks and eight interceptions over his nine-year career.
Redding played in 13 games for the Lions in 2008 before a knee injury forced him the miss the final three games of the season. He had 38 tackles and 3.0 sacks, and for his career has 16 sacks and 200 tackles.
The news report also said that if the deal comes to fruition, the Lions’ draft plans would become clearer.
- The acquisition of Peterson, who was expected to be cut, would immediately fill Detroit’s vacancy at strong side linebacker.
- The other development from this trade could be that the Lions, if they draft Aaron Curry at No. 1, would move him into the middle. If the Lions don’t want to make that switch, Curry is no longer a Detroit target and Baylor left tackle Jason Smith and Virginia left tackle Eugene Monroe could be the top prospects.