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

August 31, 2010 at 4:21 PM

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Ramifications of Josh Wilson trade

Posted by Danny O'Neil

The final roster cutdowns aren't until Saturday, but Seattle continued to make significant moves preparing for the regular season with the trade of Josh Wilson to Baltimore.

Wilson, 25, was a second-round pick by Seattle in 2007 and has started 23 games the past two seasons.

Baltimore needs a cornerback so the move makes sense for the Ravens.

It's a little more puzzling for Seattle, but it signifies two things:

1) Seattle feels very confident about the development of rookie Walter Thurmond, a fourth-round pick out of Oregon and believes he can step in immediately as a nickel cornerback on the way to being a future starter.

2) Seattle did not believe the difference between Wilson and Kelly Jennings was so great to warrant turning down a fifth-round pick to keep Wilson for the final year of his contract.

The biggest winner in this move, though? Roy Lewis. The former Washington Husky played extremely well in the exhibition season, but he appeared in danger of getting caught in a numbers game with the Seahawks unlikely to keep four cornerbacks. Now, Lewis is a strong bet to make the team.

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