The Seattle Seahawks were expected to make a change to the roster on Tuesday, with many thinking that they would drop fullback Tani Tupou in favor of Will Tukuafu due to some rules about how much you have to pay veterans after Week 1, and that’s exactly what they did; Tuku in, Tupou out. But that wasn’t their only move of the day.
The Seahawks also signed cornerback Neiko Thorpe to the 53-man roster and waived Tharold Simon two years after drafting him in the fifth round out of LSU.
The first bad sign came when Simon was inactive for Sunday’s 12-10 win over the Miami Dolphins, but perhaps the team just felt comfortable with what they had in the secondary and didn’t want to risk the injury-prone Simon if they didn’t have to. Instead it appears that DeAndre Elliott has grabbed ahold of the number four CB slot with Thorpe coming from left field to fill out the unit.
It was only a little over a month ago that former teammate Richard Sherman said that Simon would eventually be better than him. If that’s true, than the team just lost one hell of a player, but Simon has played in just one game since 2014 and his performance in the Super Bowl that year was less than adequate. This is not a good sign for Sherman’s proclamation.
Thorpe, 6’2, 198 lbs, was undrafted out of Auburn in 2012. He signed with the Kansas City Chiefs, then played in the CFL for one season in 2013 before returning to the NFL to appear in 28 games for the Oakland Raiders. He had 33 tackles and one interception for the Raiders last season, making two starts. Thorpe was released during final cuts and then picked up by the Indianapolis Colts briefly before being released on September 6.
This now makes two players on Seattle’s 53-man roster — Thorpe and Dewey McDonald - who didn’t make Oakland’s final 53-man roster, a sentence that doesn’t resemble any other sentence written in the last 15 years.
Tukuafu nows goes back to being the team’s lead fullback, something he’s done 23 times in the last two seasons. He had four carries and one touchdown in 2015.
In additional moves, the Seahawks signed QB Jake Heaps back to the practice squad to help ease the burden on Russell Wilson and his ankle. The transaction likely means that the team feels fine about Wilson’s injury and won’t need to add a veteran backup this week, though it’s not off the table. They also signed defensive end Tylor Harris, receiver Antwan Goodley, and offensive tackle Michael Ola to the practice squad, releasing Justin Hamilton, Rodney Smith, Takoby Cofield, and Kasen Williams.
But that’s just regular practice squad duck-duck-goose.