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Seahawks final cuts 2016: Full list of players released as Seattle gets down to 53-man roster

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The Seahawks have released these players:

  • Jake Heaps, QB
  • Troymaine Pope, RB
  • Will Tukuafu, FB
  • EZ Nwachukwu, WR
  • Kasen Williams, WR
  • Doug McNeil, WR
  • Kenny Lawler, WR
  • Antwan Goodley, WR
  • Joe Sommers, TE (waived/injured)
  • Clayton Echard, TE
  • Jahri Evans, G
  • Will Pericak, G
  • Terry Poole, OT (waived/injured)
  • Tani Tupou, DT
  • Tylor Harris, DE
  • Ryan Robinson, DE
  • Brandin Bryant, DT
  • Jordan Hill (waived/injured)
  • Steve Longa, LB
  • Eric Pinkins, OLB (waived/injured)
  • Kache Palacio, LB
  • Tye Smith, CB
  • Marcus Burley, CB (waived/injured)
  • Keenan Lambert, S
  • The initial 53-man roster can be found here

Notes:

  • The team had to be down to 53 players by 1 PM PST, but that doesn’t mean this is the final roster before their Week 1 game against the Miami Dolphins. Last year, the team initially kept Christine Michael before trading him to the Dallas Cowboys one day later. The Seahawks could still be in the market for a QB, WR, TE, OL, or LB. They will probably survey the new crop of available players and see if there’s someone they absolutely have to have.
  • Two of those players that are on the roster now who weren’t on the roster Saturday morning: Safeties L.J. McCray (traded for from 49ers) and Dewey McDonald (traded for from the Raiders.) David Fucillo of Niners Nation tells me that McCray is almost exclusively a special teams ace and has shown very little on defense. This appears to be a move solely for a guy who can make big tackles on coverage, which Seattle struggled with against the Raiders on Thursday.
  • “Cut” is not the same as “gone.” Though Seattle players are often popular this time of year after they hit the waiver wire, it’s difficult for teams to find room on their rosters for new guys — After all, many of them just went through the agony of cutting players to get down to 53. Many players cut by the Seahawks will come back or be placed on the practice squad. Players who were cut by Seattle this time last year include: Kevin Smith, Kasen Williams, Doug McNeil, Christine Michael (traded), Terry Poole, Will Pericak, Eric Pinkins, and Keenan Lambert. Smith, Williams, Michael, and Pinkins didn’t just come back, they played for the Seahawks last season.