Now, they’re sending Ahkello Witherspoon to the Steelers for a fifth-round draft pick, according to Ian Rapoport at NFL Network.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 3, 2021
Witherspoon spent the first four seasons of his career with the 49ers. In 47 games, he posted four interceptions, 24 pass breakups and 117 tackles.
The move saves Seattle $1.5 million in 2021 cap space.
Financial ramifications of this trade: the Seahawks save $1.5M in 2021 cap space and cash, as Pittsburgh takes on Witherspoon’s base salary. But the $1.25 million in signing-bonus proration that was going to count on Seattle’s cap in both ’21 and ’22 still counts as dead money.
— Brady Henderson (@BradyHenderson) September 3, 2021
The team may not be done yet, either. According to Adam Jude at the Seattle Times, the Seahawks are still active in the cornerback market.
Hearing the Seahawks are still active in the CB market … https://t.co/4rZbQ45ImQ
— Adam Jude (@A_Jude) September 3, 2021
Clearly, the Seahawks aren’t too happy with the crop of corners they’ve had most of this offseason. If they’re looking for a solution in free agency, the most logical and also the best available option is Richard Sherman, despite his off-field issues.