The Seattle Seahawks had an intense position battle throughout training camp and the preseason at the nickelback spot.
Jamar Taylor, Akeem King, Kalan Reed and Ugo Amadi each had their moments, but ultimately none of them showed enough to win the job outright.
That forced coach Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider to once again turn to the trade lines to find their next nickelback, and that’s how they ended up swinging a deal with the Jets to acquire Parry Nickerson for a conditional seventh round pick.
If this sounds familiar, it’s because two years ago the Seahawks swung a trade late in the offseason with the Patriots, sending them a seventh round pick in exchange for Justin Coleman.
Coleman went on to have two very productive seasons in the Emerald City, signing with Detroit this offseason and getting a record-breaking contract for a nickelback.
“You can’t help but to see the similarities from when we got J.C. a while back, and they looked very similar about this time in their careers,” coach Pete Carroll commented on Monday after practice. “We’ll see what he can do with him, we’re excited though. He’s really fast, he’s aggressive, and I’ve seen him do all of the things our guys have to do on film, so there’s no guesswork there. It’s just helping him understand and letting him compete, and we’ll see what happens.”
Carroll stated earlier in the summer that the team could opt to go with a committee approach at the nickel spot, which could indicate that King and Amadi will both get opportunities to play nickel in certain matchups.
However, Nickerson’s size, speed, and skillset seem eerily similar to Coleman’s at the same point in his career, and Carroll will hope he can strike gold once again and develop Nickerson into an elite defensive back.