The Seattle Seahawks have provided us with some roster transaction news, with rookie minicamp beginning on May 12th and OTAs starting on May 30th. On Monday, Seattle claimed former 49ers running back Mike Davis off of waivers, then on Tuesday they signed defensive end David Bass. They also announced the departure of eight players, including a pair of running backs who saw some regular season action in 2016.
The Seahawks made roster moves Tuesday, signing defensive end David Bass and releasing eight players: cornerback Perrish Cox, tight end Chris Briggs, center Ross Burbank, defensive tackle Rodney Coe, running back George Farmer, receiver Jamel Johnson, kicker John Lunsford and running back Terrence Magee.
Cox is far and away the biggest name on this list, so this is three times that he’s been cut by Seattle without ever playing a down for them. Lunsford’s release means that Blair Walsh is the only kicker on the roster, but I’m sure Brandon Coutu is somewhere out there in case of emergency.
Seattle currently has 82 players on the roster, with a maximum of 90. You can expect more moves to be made as they carve out room for undrafted free agents before the rookie minicamp kicks off.
As for the two acquisitions, Mike Davis is a third-year player out of South Carolina, taken in round four by the San Francisco 49ers. During his time with the Niners, Davis carried the ball 54 times for 108 yards and 1 touchdown... I swear he’s not a fullback. With Farmer and Magee off the team but Davis jumping on board, Seattle has nine running backs.
Bass is a former Oakland Raiders seventh-round draft pick who first saw regular season play with the Chicago Bears, most notably getting a pick-six off of the elite Joe Flacco in 2014. The 26-year-old spent the last two seasons with the Tennessee Titans, playing as a linebacker in Dick Lebeau’s 3-4 defense. He’s played in 49 games, but didn’t make a start in 2016 after getting seven in 2015. Bass has accumulated 5.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, and has otherwise been a minor contributor on both defense and special teams.