Seahawks Trade Boulware for Babin

Posted Sep 1, 2007

In a trade of 2004 first-day defensive draft picks who leveled off after impressive rookie campaigns, the Seattle Seahawks have shipped safety Michael Boulware to the Houston Texans for defensive end Jason Babin.

Babin, a Western Michigan alum, was selected with the 27th overall pick in the 2004 draft.

Boulware was taken by Seattle in the second round. A linebacker in college, Boulware was switched to strong safety at the NFL level and had a great rookie season with five interceptions. But though the 2005 and 2006 seasons, he was not able to maintain that same level of play and was actually demoted from his starting job in 2006. He took to his role as a special-teamer with class and professionalism, but it was still a tough blow. Before the 2007 preseason, the Seahawks acquired free agent safeties Deon Grant and Brian Russell. Houston doesn’t have much in the way of safety talent, so Boulware will get another chance.

For the 6’2”, 259-pound Babin, who started every game in his rookie season, the dropoff began in 2005 when he switched from linebacker to defensive end. He started only six games in the next two seasons, and was designated at a situational pass rusher by the Texans. It could be that Babin’s issues with the team were more of a square-peg scenario as the Texans moved from a 3-4 to a 4-3. Is it possible that the Seahawks have found a raw prospect from a small school who never got a chance to flourish at a consistent NFL position?

In 2006, Babin put up five sacks, three hits and five hurries. He will now compete for time in a Seattle defensive line that is flush with pass-rushing defensive ends, but he does have some coverage speed which would prove handy in a zone blitz.

For his career, Babin has 125 tackles, 13 sacks and 7 passes defensed.

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