After months of trade rumors surrounding the Seahawks, moves are beginning to happen. Pro bowl defensive lineman Michael Bennett was the first marquee Seahawks player to be traded this off-season. Bennett was moved to the Eagles for a fifth round pick and wide receiver Marcus Johnson.
Who is the receiver the Seahawks are getting in return for Bennett? Johnson is an undrafted wide receiver out of Texas, far from market value for Bennett. However, Johnson did put up crazy numbers at his Texas Pro Day. According to Bleeding Green Nation, he ran a 4.37 40-yard dash, had a 37-inch vertical leap and a 11’3″ broad jump.
Burnt Orange Nation’s Wescott Eberts described Johnson’s outlook heading into the NFL.
No, there were never any projections for Johnson to go in the draft. He flashed some as a sophomore with long touchdown catches against Oklahoma and TCU, but over his last two seasons his production never matched that potential. Part of the issues was probably the terrible quarterback play at Texas — his freshman season was the only year it was anywhere close to competent, so the best-case scenario for Johnson is that his athleticism finally gets a chance to shine through.
This move has less to do about Johnson, and more about the Seahawks need to move some salary off their books. Seattle failed to make the playoffs in 2017, and are looking to reshuffle the roster in hopes of making another title run. Richard Sherman is also rumored to be on the move as teammates including Jeremy Lane have made ominous social media posts pointing to Sherman’s departure.
Johnson will likely be fighting for a roster spot once he gets to Seattle. He played in 10 games last season for the Eagles posting five receptions for 45 yards. Johnson had 61 catches for 793 yards and four touchdowns during his four seasons at Texas. His best season came his sophomore season with the Longhorns when Johnson had 22 receptions, 350 yards and two touchdowns.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Johnson is seen as a potential replacement for Paul Richardson if the Seahawks are not able to retain Richardson. Bennett had two more years on his current contract, and is set to make $6 million next season.
SirusXM’s Adam Caplan described Johnson as a potential WR4 on the Seahawks roster.
“Marcus Johnson is a good route runner, has good hands, can play on special teams. Good short area quickness. Has a real shot to make roster as #Seahawks #4 WR,” Caplan tweeted.
Here’s some highlights of Johnson’s Texas Pro Day.
Source: Heavy Sports