In something of a surprising move, the Seahawks cut ties this afternoon with cornerback Tharold Simon and fullback/defensive lineman Taniela Tupuo.
Added to the 53 were two players who share positions with Simon and Tupou — cornerback Neiko Thorpe and the familiar name of fullback Will Tukuafu.
Simon was most notorious for filling in with a separated shoulder for the injured Jeremy Lane in Super Bowl XLIX and for drawing effusive praise from teammate Richard Sherman on more than one occasion.
“He's an incredible athlete," Sherman said in August. "He's going to be a great ball player. I continue to stand by what I've always said: he’s going to be better than me by the time it's all said and done.
However, Simon, a fifth-round draft pick out of LSU in 2013, found himself instead beset by one injury after another. He played in just 11 games for the Hawks total, compiling 15 tackles and one interception.
For all your responsible speculation needs, Seattle Times writer Bob Condotta offered up this tweet relating to Simon:
No. Not an injury waive. I wouldn't expect him back. https://t.co/oevHzec5Hh— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) September 13, 2016
The 6’2”, 284-pound Tupou made the 53-man roster out of camp and played ten snaps on Sunday during the 12-10 victory over the Dolphins, seven on offense and three more on special teams.
Today is the third time that Tukuafu, who is listed as 6’4” and 272 pounds, has been signed by the Hawks. His contract would have been guaranteed for the whole season had he been on the roster for Week 1 but is now non-guaranteed instead, giving the Hawks some cap flexibility for the rest of the year.
Thorpe (6’2”, 185) most recently played for the Oakland Raiders. He has one pick, six passes defensed and 33 tackles in 37 career games with Oakland and Kansas City.