What a whirlwind.
Kevin Norwood has in fact been traded to the Carolina Panthers for a conditional 2017 7th round draft pick. He was originally told he would be among the roster cuts on Tuesday (hence the back and forth reports this morning), but the the Seahawks were able to swing a deal with the receiver-strapped Panthers before turning in official notice to the leauge.
"The Seahawks will receive a 7th round pick in 2017 if Norwood makes Carolina's roster and appears in games during the regular season. He's likely to do so as the Panthers have suffered significant injuries at the position recently with 2014 first round pick Kelvin Benjamin tearing his ACL and 2015 second round pick Devin Funchess struggling with a nagging hamstring injury."
Now Adam Caplan is confirming the Norwood release.
Per Adam Caplan, the "Seahawks have not cut WR Kevin Norwood, source said. I imagine that they would try to trade him first if they're planning on cutting him."
The Seahawks have released receiver Kevin Norwood, reports Aaron Wilson.
Norwood was a fourth round pick in 2014, and appeared in nine games while catching 9 passes for 102 yards his rookie year, but was never able to separate himself from the pack at that position in training camp this year. Kevin Smith, BJ Daniels, Kasen Williams, and Ricardo Lockette all end up sitting ahead of him on the depth chart, vying for those key fifth and sixth receiver spots.
Norwood is the fourth player
released from the Seahawks nine-man Draft class from 2014 to leave the team, joining DT Jimmy Staten, OT Garrett Scott, and FB Kiero Small. Paul Richardson, Justin Britt, Cassius Marsh, Kevin Pierre-Louis, and Eric Pinkins are all still expected to contribute, and all but Pinkins is a near-lock for the roster this year.
Norwood joins a list of sub-par picks the Seahawks have made in the fourth round over the past few years. DE E.J. Wilson and WR Chris Harper didn't even make the team as rookies, while DT Jaye Howard and WR Kris Durham underwhelmed before being released after one year with the team each.