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2018 Seahawks roster: 20 players remain from 2016 playoff team after Tanner McEvoy’s release

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The Seattle Seahawks may not be a “rebuilding team” in the form of an awful team in need of the reset button, but there’s no denying that there has been a fair bit of roster turnover even from the squad that made the playoffs only two years ago.

With Jon Ryan released last Monday and Tanner McEvoy placed on waivers over the weekend, we are down to 20 players from the 2016 team who are on the 2018 squad, and that number is likely to be further reduced after next Saturday’s roster cuts.

Offense (12 players)

Russell Wilson
J.D. McKissic*
C.J. Prosise
Tre Madden*
Doug Baldwin
Tyler Lockett
Nick Vannett
Justin Britt
George Fant
Germain Ifedi
Joey Hunt
Rees Odhiambo

Defense (7 players)

Frank Clark
Quinton Jefferson
Jarran Reed
Bobby Wagner
K.J. Wright
Neiko Thorpe*
Earl Thomas

Special Teams (1 player)

Tyler Ott*

*- Was not on Seahawks’ opening day roster for 2016 season.

For the sake of clarity, I did include 2016 players who finished the year on injured reserve, and the roster is from the team’s playoff loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Earl Thomas may not have reported to the Seahawks yet, but he’s still under contract, so I’ll count that for as long as he’s not been traded. Kam Chancellor is technically still on the roster but effectively retired, so he’s excluded from here.

Tre Madden and Neiko Thorpe are certainly not locks to make the cut this season, so it’ll probably be down to 18 or 19 by September. If Thorpe goes, then literally no Seahawks cornerbacks from 2016 would be on the 2018 roster. If you want to look ahead to 2019, Thomas, Clark, Wright, Thorpe (if he makes the 2018 team), McKissic, Hunt, Jefferson, Fant, and Lockett are all a mixture of unrestricted and restricted free agents.

Consider this the start of a new chapter in Seahawks football. The “Legion of Boom” era may be over, but Seattle’s Super Bowl window may remain open in a different way.