With the Seahawks being so busy on the NFL trade front — acquiring Charlie Whitehurst, who shapes up as the team's heir apparent to starting QB Matt Hasselbeck, and swapping defensive ends with the Eagles (Darryl Tapp for Chris Clemons) — it was not difficult to overlook the mid-March release of Deon Grant. The departure of the 31-year-old Grant, who never missed a game in three seasons as Seattle's starting strong safety and has started every game the past nine NFL seasons (144 consecutive starts), was a major eyebrow-raiser in its own right. But even though the Seahawks were left with only two safeties on the roster after releasing Grant — Jordan Babineaux and Jamar Adams — we hear the team decided the time was still right to cut the cord with a high-priced player in Grant, who was scheduled to make $4 million in 2010 and a combined $13 million for 2011 and ’12.
"He was a steady player," one team insider said of Grant. "But the team knew it was going to have to make a move with him at some point, and they just decided, 'Why not now?' "
Although the Seahawks have major needs at a number of positions, it would hardly shock anybody close to the team if they decided to use their first pick in the first round (sixth overall) on Tennessee's Eric Berry if the blue-chip safety prospect is still on the board. In that scenario, Berry would figure as the starting free safety, with Babineaux starting on the strong side.
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