Denver Broncos could be trade partners with Seattle Seahawks

SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 14: Tackle Ty Sambrailo
SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 14: Tackle Ty Sambrailo /

The Seattle Seahawks have lost George Fant for the season, and oddly enough, the Denver Broncos could wind up being an ideal trade partner…

The Seattle Seahawks got some devastating news on Friday night, as starting left tackle George Fant went down with a season-ending knee injury:

The situation on the offensive line was already looking pretty desperate for the Seahawks, though Fant — a former basketball player — was progressing extremely well and impressing Pete Carroll and his staff.

With Fant out for the year, the Seahawks are going to need to make a move at left tackle unless they are completely satisfied with what they have behind Fant, and I can’t imagine that’s the case. The Denver Broncos, oddly enough, make a lot of sense in a trade situation.

I know. Shocking, right?

The most glaring weakness for the Broncos going into this offseason — depending what you think of the quarterback position — was undoubtedly left tackle. That’s why the Broncos used their top draft pick on Garett Bolles, the best tackle in the draft.

Bolles quickly seized the starting left tackle job with the Broncos, and while the coaching staff may even still claim he’s competing, the Broncos have a number of options in Bolles, Ty Sambrailo, and Donald Stephenson that all have a chance to play at some point.

Even if it’s not in Denver.

The Broncos may not get a ton in return, but they could be trade partners with the Seahawks if Seattle likes one of Sambrialo or Stephenson. Both players were perfect in pass protection in the Broncos’ preseason opener against the Chicago Bears, but both players have proven in regular season play that they are somewhat unreliable.

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That’s not to say both players are incapable of progression, but there’s some diminishing value there.

If Sambrailo and/or Stephenson can continue their strong play in the Broncos’ second preseason game, they could very well have some discussions with Seattle. The Broncos and Seahawks have done some work together with John Elway and John Schneider at the helm.

Most recently, Schneider traded Elway the pick used to draft quarterback Paxton Lynch in the 2016 NFL Draft. There were also rumors once upon a time that the Seahawks tried to dangle Percy Harvin for tight end Julius Thomas.

Another trade between the Broncos and Seahawks in recent years was offensive lineman John Moffitt coming from Seattle to Denver in exchange for defensive lineman Sealver Siliga.

The Broncos will also have to be cautious here, as their depth on the offensive line can’t be seen internally as an embarrassment of riches, either. They need to make the right decision on a swing tackle as well, protecting themselves from injuries.