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Seattle Seahawks trade Tyler Lockett in a 3-team mock deal

Blockbuster trades almost never happen in the NFL, especially not with three teams, but the Seattle Seahawks and the rest of the league can dream of possible scenarios.

In a hypothetical world created by Bleacher Report writer Kristopher Knox, the Seahawks would send their longtime receiver Tyler Lockett to the Cincinnati Bengals in a three-way deal that would also involve the Jacksonville Jaguars.

In the final trade, the Bengals get Lockett and a fourth-round pick from the Seahawks, the Jags get Tee Higgins and a second-round pick from the Seahawks, while Seattle gets former No. 1 first-round pick Travon Walker and cornerback Ronald Darby from Jacksonville.

Such a trade would mean losing a fan favorite, but it would give the Seahawks some salary cap space.

“Seattle has less than $1 million in salary cap space, but could save $14.9 million by trading receiver Tyler Lockett. Sending him to Cincinnati would help the Bengals’ receiver for the next two seasons while also helping them get two big defensive players,” Knox writes.

The Seahawks have enough receivers to pull this off. Jaxon Smith-Njigba, a first-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, would play a larger role on offense. In addition, the Seahawks get a pass rusher with potential and a cornerback to form one of the best trios at the position in the game.

“Although Walker didn’t quite live up to his draft status in Jacksonville, he had 10.0 sacks in 2023 – more than any single Seahawks defender,” Knox writes. “Seattle could sign Walker and cornerback Ronald Darby – who played last season with the Baltimore Ravens under new head coach Mike Macdonald – at the expense of Higgins and two mid-round picks.”

This trade is coded in fantasy, but it identifies spots where the Seahawks can improve. The team could use some reinforcements in the pass rush, and a veteran cornerback to work with Devon Witherspoon and Riq Woolen wouldn’t hurt. If they can find a way to do that in a more organic way, the Seahawks could make their lives a little easier.