September 22, 2021

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NFL Trade Rumors: Seahawks trade previous 49ers CB Ahkello Witherspoon to the Steelers for a ‘23 fifth-spherical select

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Kyle’s update, 10:44 a.m.: Witherspoon was traded for a 2023 fifth-round decide. So, for pennies. I would like him luck, but that’s offering him absent.

It has been a rollercoaster of a profession for former 49ers’ 3rd-round choose Ahkello Witherspoon. Unfortuantely for him, the highs have been couple and significantly between as of late.

Witherspoon ended the 2020 season on a large note with San Francisco. But, regretably, his perform was not ample to persuade the Niners to bring him back again around the likes of Emmanuel Moseley. As a substitute, the 49ers drafted two cornerbacks on Day 3 alternatively of re-signing Witherspoon — who ended up signing a one-year, $4 million agreement with the Seahawks.

Ahkello was confident in his capabilities throughout OTAs:

“When I was healthy, I was the very best corner in the league. I’m not heading to settle for something else. When I got hurt, I had two poor injuries that no a single truly is familiar with about or cares bout and it’s not my area to make people today care, but you go out there and you fight and you thrust by means of.

If you’re not at the best of your ability in this league and you are not wholesome, it’s tough to keep at that degree that it usually takes to be an All-Pro, that it takes to be a Pro Bowler. I’m just very excited to be balanced and apparent-minded in a new surroundings, and I’m excited to set that on tape. I mean, it does not make a difference. I’m right here now and I’m healthful.”

It would show up that Seattle disagrees:

Witherspoon broke up a pair of passes during the preseason but was on the incorrect stop of a couple of massive performs. I keep in mind Jerry Jeudy finding the ideal of Witherspoon on just one route.

Witherspoon wasn’t actively playing inadequately. He was not enjoying with the design that the Seahawks want. They check with their cornerbacks to be physical and use their hands. Despite his inspector gadget arms, that is in no way been Ahkello’s match.

Some Seattle fans that I observe on Twitter talked about the risk of trading Witherspoon previously this 7 days. Witherspoon was benched for previous 49ers nickel cornerback D.J. Reed, who has played really properly for the Seahawks. Who could have predicted that?

The Steelers have to have support at cornerback, as they’re inquiring a slot corner to engage in on the exterior. However, Witherspoon will have an additional possibility to participate in in the NFL as he’s possible to commence on the other side of Joe Haden. Additionally, Haden is in the final year of his contract.

I’m curious to see a lot of possibilities Ahkello will get in this league based on his physical gifts. Will the third time be a attraction?

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