Pete Carroll predicted this would be the case on Monday. He had a feeling Tuesday's NFL trade deadline would be slow.
“I don’t think it’s going to entertain me for as long as I’d like," Carroll said. "It seems kind of quiet. As much as we’ve worked to get to this point to understand what’s available and what’s going on and people that are talking; like we say we’re always in on it, and I’m kind of hoping things start picking up a little bit just for fun.”
Things didn't pick up. Tuesday's 1 p.m. PT trade deadline came and went without any significant moves across the NFL. Aqib Talib was traded from the Rams to the Dolphins, and that's it.
That means the Seahawks didn't make any meaningful moves to help their chances this season. It also means that Seattle wasn't wowed by an offer for second-year running back Rashaad Penny. NFL Network reported on Sunday that the Seahawks were receiving interest from other teams about their 2018 first-round pick.
This will all come as a bit of a shame to some fans given that Seattle is not short on roster deficiencies. The offensive line has been mediocre through eight games and just lost Justin Britt for the season. Duane Brown (bicep) and D.J. Fluker (hamstring) still don't appear to be 100% just yet.
In addition, the Seahawks could have used help at tight end. The loss of Will Dissly has left a noticeable void in Seattle's offense. Jacob Hollister is the team's best pass-catching tight end but is unproven. Luke Willson has never been a prolific contributor in the passing game. Even the return of Ed Dickson doesn't figure to change Seattle's outlook too much. Dissly had 23 catches through five games. Dickson, a 10-year NFL veteran, has eclipsed that mark in just three seasons.
The pass rush and secondary could have used help, too, but acquiring help there would have been a longshot given the price tag for impact players at those spots.
Do the Seahawks have enough firepower on its roster to be a contender? Even if the entire team takes a step forward in the second half, will it be enough? Seattle clearly thinks so.