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    Pasquarelli: Seahawks looking to acquire Davis?

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    A guy who provided some big plays for Couch during the quarterback's ill-fated tenure in Cleveland was wide receiver Andre' Davis, a second-round choice in 2002, and a pure burner. It hasn't taken long for new Browns quarterback Trent Dilfer to discover Davis, a player whom he absolutely gushed over during the team's mini-camp last month. "When I came here, I knew nothing about him, nothing at all," Dilfer told ESPN.com. "But that guy can play. Apparently, a lot of people felt like he was just a track-type guy who wasn't a legitimate (football) player. I'm telling you, he can be a big-time receiver."

    Whether or not Davis fulfills his potential in a Cleveland uniform, though, remains to be seen. The Browns aren't exactly shopping Davis around the league but there have been some casual trade discussions with at least one team, the Seattle Seahawks, and there could be a few other clubs interested as well.

    A deal involving Davis, who averaged a gaudy 26 yards on 16 catches in 2004 before a toe injury prematurely ended his season after just seven appearances, could make sense for both franchises. The release of the troubled Koren Robinson means the Seahawks don't really have a viable vertical threat. Reliable veteran Bobby Engram, projected as the starter in Robinson's stead, is an accomplished receiver, but has always worked best out of the slot and is more noted as a possession guy. He has converted two-thirds of his catches into first downs, but in nine years, Engram has only eight receptions of 40 yards or more. And at age 32, Engram has started more than seven games in a season since 1999. The two veteran free agents signed in the offseason, Jerome Pathon and Joe Jurevicius, are also viewed more as intermediate receivers. And despite leading Seattle in receptions in three of the last four seasons, Darrell Jackson isn't a long-ball threat, even with a career 14.7-yard average. Davis would certainly stretch secondaries for coach Mike Holmgren and provide a lot more room in which the other receivers could operate.

    From Cleveland's standpoint, Davis might be a bit extraneous. The coaches seem to like Dennis Northcutt and Antonio Bryant and the new football regime in Cleveland didn't use the third overall choice in the draft on Braylon Edwards, an engaging youngster with great marketing potential for a club that sorely needs to reconnect with its loyal fans.

    One caveat: Davis is entering the final season of his original NFL contract, and any team interested in the former Virginia Tech standout will want to sign him to an extension. Then again, it might be worth it, especially if Dilfer's assessment is accurate, and Davis is poised for a breakout season. Agent Kennard McGuire said Friday there have been no extension discussions, but also noted that his client would not be averse to a trade. Davis has averaged 15.2 yards per catch in his career, and has scored a touchdown every 7.2 receptions, an excellent ratio.

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    Re: Pasquarelli: Seahawks looking to acquire Davis?

    God knows the hawks need help, but from what I just read, this guy might be a reach....depends on how much it cost them. Either way, they still would have the weakness in the recievers. My question is, are they going to trust Dilfer's word?

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    Re: Pasquarelli: Seahawks looking to acquire Davis?

    This has been discussed ad nauseum over on Seahawks.net. The concensus (if you can call it that), is that most would be willing to give up a 3rd round pick and maybe someone like Wayne Hunter or Rocky Bernard to acquire Davis. The problem is that I don't think that would be enought to get him. The Hawks need a proven #2 and Davis may fit that role. However, the Hawks have a glut of WR's right now with Jackson, Engram, Pathon, Jurevicius, Bannister, Wallace, Urban, Hackett and so on. The main question is, if they did acquired him, Who would go? The most common theory is that Jackson would remain the #1, Davis would be the #2, Engram/Jurevicius the #3 with the other the #4. Pathon the 5, Bannister the 6. Which means that Urban and Hackett would be relegated to the practice squad and everyone else cut. Not a standout group, but certainly a servicable WCO group. They all have the ability to catch short to mid-range passes and create some yards after the catch. Much better group than last year.

    The Hawks have absolutely no reason not to trust Dilfer. When he left it was only because he saw a chance to start and the Hawks promised thim they would trade him if that opportunity came along. Trent was nothing but a model citizen when he was with the Hawks and never did anything to deserve any ill will throughout the organization. Most of the fans absolutely love him and wish him nothing but the best. So there is no reason that Trent would tell a lie to them. Hopefully.

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