Exactly one week ago, the Detroit Lions decided to trade cornerback Mohammed Seisay to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for what is believed to be a sixth-round pick. At the time, the move came a bit out of left field considering the Lions' veterans were in the process of reporting for training camp, but it turns out that the idea of a trade for Seisay actually came about a couple of days earlier. Here's what Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said about the trade earlier this week:
"Seattle reached out last Friday I believe. I talked to their director of pro personnel and Saturday, I talked to John Schneider. John and I have done a lot of deals together. We had some great dialogue. We slept on it and Sunday morning, it kind of came together."
Mayhew went on to say that he views this deal as a "win-win for everybody." From the Seahawks' perspective, they were apparently interested in adding a young player to develop at the cornerback position, and as Mayhew noted, Seisay fits the mold of what they're looking for given his size (6-foot-2).
As for the Lions' reasoning for this trade, Mayhew simply confirmed that Seisay's chances of making the 53-man roster this year weren't great.
"Obviously for us, we weren't 100-percent sure that he was going to make our team. Having that little bit of doubt that he would or he wouldn't, being able to get that draft pick for him was the right move for us."
Mayhew also mentioned that he discussed trading for a player instead of a draft pick as part of the Seisay deal, but ultimately he "preferred the draft pick."