The Seattle Seahawks have made some cuts in order to get down to the 75-man roster limit by Tuesday. Most of these names were expected just because that’s the nature of the NFL: You have a number of guys who are locks, a number of guys you drafted, a number of guys you signed immediately after the draft, and then a handful of guys who were signed over the summer and in the last few weeks because of injuries and other circumstances. Most of these guys are those guys, though there are some veterans in there too.
The Seahawks have released:
- Kyle Coleman, FB/LB — Coleman seemed to be making progress as a linebacker but Pete Carroll moved him back to fullback (his position at the start of the summer) after they didn’t like what they saw in their other FBs. But they didn’t love what Coleman did either and signed Will Tukuafu, sealing Coleman’s fate.
- Sealver Siliga, DT (IR) — The vet was supposed to land a job as the team needed to replace Brandon Mebane and they couldn’t rely on the health of Jordan Hill. But with Hill currently healthy and Siliga missing all but one day of camp, plus the advancement of a couple of other DTs and the signing of Tony McDaniel, this was an easier decision for Carroll than we thought it would be.
- Brandon Browner, CB/S - The team released Browner on Monday, ending the experiment to move him from corner to a hybrid safety.
- Montario Hunter, WR — Hunter turned some heads during camp but it became an extremely competitive position and he didn’t look great in the preseason games.
- Deshon Foxx, WR (Injured/Waived)— He started off camp on a high note but injuries sadly killed his opportunities.
- Patrick Lewis, C — Seattle’s starting center for most of last season, Lewis just isn’t well-regarded by the coaching staff ... I don’t have proof of this other than the fact that he seems to keep playing okay and losing his job. The Seahawks took a number of steps to ensure Lewis wouldn’t be the starting center and now he’s a free agent again. Along with Drew Nowak, both of the Seahawks starting centers last year have been released this year during the first round of cuts. (Nowak by the Chiefs.)
- Kristjan Sokoli, G/C — Noted SPARQ King, Sokoli tested higher at the combine than perhaps any player in the event’s history. But all that athleticism didn’t seem to help him transition from DT to center or guard successfully. I think the team will try hard to keep him around and get him on the practice squad.
- Zac Brooks, RB — Following the injury to Brooks and the standout play of Christine Michael, Troymaine Pope, and at times, Alex Collins, this became an easier decision than many thought it would be early in camp.
- Trovon Reed, CB (Waived/injured) — Converted receiver, you say? Couldn’t be. It be! Reed was with the Seahawks, Rams, and Dolphins last season. He could stick around on the “taxi squad.”
- Pete Robertson, LB — An undrafted free agent out of Texas Tech, Robertson didn’t do enough to stand out and secure himself a chance to play on Thursday.
- Quayshawn Nealy, LB — Nealy had a similar path to Shirley. In and out, it may not be the last we hear from him.
- Kevin Smith, WR (Waived/injured) -- He spent time with the Seahawks last season but injuries put him behind the competition this year. His time with the team may not be over but it’s certainly a setback for the former UW Husky.
- Josh Shirley, DE — Shirley got a futures contract in January and then released and brought back during camp.
- George Farmer, RB/CB — Moved from WR to CB by Pete Carroll last year, Farmer was moved from CB to RB after a rash of injuries in training camp. He played admirably but stood little chance of making at any of those three positions. He will likely be held in waiting until another injury pops up due to his versatility and his decent play at RB.
Still around for now: Steve Longa, DeAndre Elliott, Antwan Goodley, Doug McNeil, EZ Nwachukwu, Joe Sommers, Kache Palacio, Tylor Harris, Keenan Lambert, Tani Tupou, and George Fant, among a few other mild surprises. Some of these guys are around simply because they play a position of need for their Thursday game against the Raiders. Some others very well might make the final 53, which is due on September 3.