Saturday was cutdown day for the Seattle Seahawks and when the team trimmed its roster down to 53 it surprised many observers by keeping seven linebackers on the roster in spite of the fact that the team is widely considered to have one of the best, if not the best, group of starting linebackers in the NFL. Between Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright and Mychal Kendricks, the ability to apply pressure, stop the run and cover in the secondary is unmatched among other NFL linebacker groups.
Thus the surprise when the team kept both 2019 draft picks Cody Barton and Ben Burr-Kirven, as well as 2018 rookies Austin Calitro and Shaquem Griffin. However, the linebacker room got smaller on Monday when the Seahawks waived Calitro.
A surprise: The #Seahawks cut LB Austin Calitro, source said. He played in all 16 games last season with five starts at multiple positions, recording 45 tackles. Core special teamer too.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 2, 2019
Calitro will now spend the rest of Monday and Tuesday morning wondering what his future holds, as the performance he put on tape during the preseason and over the course of the 2018 season seems likely to result in a waiver claim by some other team. Teams in need of a linebacker include not only the Oakland Raiders, but Seattle’s Week 1 opponent in the Cincinnati Bengals as well.
However, it does remain possible that Calitro could clear waivers and either be added to the Seattle practice squad, or brought back to the roster if this is simply a situation where the team needed space on the roster.