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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.

August 18, 2010 at 11:52 AM

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Lawrence Jackson traded to Detroit

Posted by Danny O'Neil

The Seahawks traded defensive end Lawrence Jackson to Detroit, the team announced.

That is a very surprising turn of events for a player who was a first-round draft choice in 2008.

Jackson had returned to practice on Tuesday after missing the more than a week because of a hamstring injury. Coach Pete Carroll said Monday Jackson would be playing the Leo position, which is the right defensive end and a pass-rushing specialist.

Jackson was asked after practice Tuesday if that was a role that suited him.

"I can play it," Jackson said. "It's not a problem, but obviously you see the size difference between me and the other guys that are in there. I can do some things differently than they can. I just have to put all my tools together and make it work for me."

It was apparent that Jackson may not fit in the team's plans, and now that's obvious. He has been traded by his college coach to Detroit for an undisclosed draft pick.

Reached by phone, Jackson said he was told of the trade earlier this morning after attending meetings.

"Professionally, I think it's pretty exciting considering what the opportunities could be to play in a traditional 4-3 scheme and utilize the strengths that I have as a football player," he said.

Asked if there was any disappointment.

"No, I love Seattle. I'm going to keep my home here," he said. "This is a place where I wanted to be after football if I didn't get drafted. It just sucks to kind of temporarily be uprooted. I love the city, I love the food, the fans, the people, but professionally, I feel like [this is] a better opportunity."

Jackson said that he spoke with Carroll earlier in training camp when the coach outlined plans to move Jackson to the Leo position, which is the right end pass-rush specialist. That was the spot Jackson played his first year at USC before moving to the strongside.

Jackson said he told Carroll he didn't really see it and thought he was caught in between positions. Jackson said when Carroll spoke to him today, the coach conceded that Jackson may have saw that lack of a good fit better than he did.

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