Less than a week after they signed him, the Seahawks have released veteran running back Adrian Peterson.
The move was made to clear space for defensive lineman Kentwan Balmer, who was recently acquired from the San Francisco 49ers via trade. Balmer practiced with the team yesterday.
Peterson faced an uphill climb to make the final roster anyway, so his release shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Louis Rankin and Quinton Ganther have looked capable of providing enough depth and competition throughout training camp, and proved it during Saturday’s win over Tennessee.
In addition to Peterson, the Seahawks also released linebacker Alvin Bowen. Bowen was drafted in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills, but has also spent time with the Washington Redskins prior to his brief tenure in Seattle.
To replace Bowen, kicker Clint Stitser was added to the roster. Stitser possesses a strong leg but was apparently terrible while practicing with the New York Jets earlier this year.
Olindo Mare is obviously the team’s kicker, but Stitster could have been brought in to ensure there is competition at every position, including special teams. It is also possible that Stitser could handle kicking duties throughout the remainder of the exhibition season; Mare has apparently been struggling with calf soreness and may need to rest before the regular season.
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