Well, the NFL trade deadline has passed and the Seahawks made no last-minute moves, but some changes could still be coming with PUP players TE Cameron Morrah, WR Deon Butler, and DB Roy Lewis, getting closer to returning. The Hawks also worked out a slew of players this week, including Ricky Elmore, Tressor Baptiste, Eric Gordon, Matt Berning, Alex Joseph, Elijah Joseph, and Donald Archie, (per Aaron Wilson).
Deon Butler: Butler is coming off that gruesome leg break and will have an uphill climb to re-join the ranks of the 53, in my opinion. Right now Sidney Rice, Mike Williams, Doug Baldwin, Ben Obomanu, Golden Tate, and Kris Durham stand in his way, and I honestly don't know if Butler warrants or will earn a roster spot over any of those players. It's doubtful the Hawks will just add him and keep everyone else - so far Kris Durham has been one of the game-day inactives (when Mike Williams is healthy) so it wouldn't make a whole lot of sense to add a seventh WR. We'll see.
Cameron Morrah: With John Carlson IR'd, Dominique Byrd dropped, and Zach Miller on shaky ground health-wise, Morrah makes the most sense to be placed on the 53, sooner rather than later.
Roy Lewis: This will be interesting. The Hawks drafted three DBs and kept two - Byron Maxwell and Richard Sherman - then added Jeron Johnson as a UDFA. With the recent re-addition of Kennard Cox to the 53 I'm not sure if there's room for both of them. Lewis was pretty nails last season and was voted as a special teams captain so I'm not underestimating his value, but I think if he get's reinstated, it will probably come at the expense of Cox or Johnson.
Rickey Elmore: 6'5, 255 lb DE out of Arizona who led the Pac-10 in sacks with 11 in 2010. He was a sixth round pick by the Packers but waived on Sept 3rd. Our own Derek Stephens likes him, noting, "Would be intrigued if Seattle signed rookie Ricky Elmore (DE). Has speed and spin to rush from either side. No rush in Seattle from strong side. I had Elmore as a 4th round Pass Rush talent. GB drafted him in 6th this year and tried to convert him to OLB (3-4). Better as pure rusher."
Considering how much the Seahawks need a pass rush, I could see this happening, though it would probably be at the expense of Raheem Brock. Scouting reports here, here and here.
Tressor Baptiste scouting report here; Eric Gordon here, Matt Berning here, Alex Joseph here, Elijah Joseph here, and Donald Archie here. It should be interesting to see if any of these guys get a longer look.
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