A crowded wide receiver depth chart in Seattle got a little thinner on Tuesday, as the Seahawks withdrew their exclusive rights tender from wide receiver Malik Turner, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.
The Seahawks withdrew their exclusive right tender on WR Malik Turner, which means he is now a free agent. Not something you often see, as it would appear he's no longer in their plans for 2020.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 14, 2020
The tender for an exclusive rights free agent is for the league minimum, meaning the decision to withdraw it from Turner is likely not about cap space. As Yates wrote, it appears as though the decision is strictly football driven.
Turned initially joined Seattle in the 2018 season, and was activated to the 53-man roster for six games, before returning to the practice squad. In 2019, Turner made the active roster out of training camp and stuck around for the entire season, catching 15 passes for 245 yards, in addition to being a core special teamer. Turner caught his first career touchdown against the Eagles on a great trick play that resulted in a 33-yard score.
Seattle has already added a wide receiver in free agency to make up for Turner’s departure, in Phillip Dorsett, and are expected to add another in next week’s draft.