• The Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Greg Johns writes that the Ravens trade with the Seattle Seahawks for cornerback and Maryland grad Josh Wilson came as a surprise.
The trade is a bit of a stunner given Wilson figured as a prominent member of the Seahawks' defense this season, but the team is confident in [rookie Walter] Thurmond and ex-Husky Roy Lewis to fill the backup roles behind starters [Marcus] Trufant and [Kelly] Jennings.
• Johns also writes that the Seahawks traded Maryland graduate Wilson to the Ravens, in part at least, because of the change in coaching staffs this season.
Seattle knew what it had with Wilson, who was a short (5-9) corner with good speed and playmaking ability as a kick returner and a defensive back. But the Seahawks are rebuilding and it should come as no shock that considerable change is underway with the new regime.
• The Post-Intelligencer's Andrew Auger writes that he was taken aback by the move and that Wilson was perhaps too good to trade for only a conditional draft pick.
I don't understand why on earth you would gift wrap one of the league's better young pass defenders for a draft pick that has a very low probability of ever surpassing the potential Josh Wilson has. ... Not only are literally all of Wilson's standard or advanced statistics superior, but he has done more in less time and is on pace to shred Jennings in tackles.
• James Walker of ESPN.com writes on his AFC North blog that the trade for Wilson makes sense.
I like this move. It improves the secondary and doesn't require another player ( Willis McGahee?), which hurts depth elsewhere. Wilson will help immediately, and Seattle gets a conditional draft pick.
• Sports Illustrated's Peter King writes in the NFL preview section that comes out today — written before the Ravens traded for Wilson — that the Ravens have a glaring weakness at cornerback. King says in a video report on Sports Illustrated's website that he expected the Ravens to fill that hole.
Of all the contenders in football, and the Ravens truly are a contender, they have the worst single position group in all of football, [cornerback]. ... I expect them to fortify that position with a trade. ... They're not lacking in confidence; they rarely are.
Placing Williams on the roster bubble has become an annual tradition in Baltimore -- and every year he survives. This year could be the same for Williams, who has a lot of ability but has yet to live up to his potential. Williams received a lucky "break," both literally and figuratively, when veteran receiver Donte' Stallworth suffered a broken foot in the third preseason game. Stallworth will be out approximately two months, increasing Williams' chances of making Baltimore's 53-man roster. ... Reed, a fifth-round pick, burst on the scene in Baltimore with a stellar spring. But since then he's been inconsistent and is back on the bubble.
[Compiled by Mike Catalini]