The Seahawks roster officially sits at 84 players right now. The maximum is 90, so on the surface everything would appear fine. But for 4 players everything is not fine. We just don’t know who those 4 players are yet.
The Seahawks just drafted 10 players, and while their rights are controlled by the team, they aren’t added to the roster until they sign their contract. That means that as the Seahawks sign those drafted players, 4 people currently on the roster will end up unemployed.
So who’d going to be given their waling papers? it tough to say. The Seahawks are well under the salary cap at this point, so I don’t believe that we’ll see any veterans get their surprise waling papers. Instead, it seems much more like that the some of the 10 undrafted free agents, or the large group of players signed to “futures” contract immediately after last season will be the players who are shown the door.
If I had to guess, I’d say that WR Charly Martin, RB Tyrel Sutton, LB Allen Bradford, and CB Coye Francies have the most to be worried about. Then again, John Schneider never seems to do what I think should happen, so perhaps those 4 are safe simply because I suggested that they are like candidates to be cut.
If we were to poll the fans, I’d be willing to bet that a large number would like to see QB Tarvaris Jackson cut loose. I just don’t see that happening at this point. Jackson is likely going to be given a legitimate chance to beat out Matt Flynn for the starting job. Even if Flynn wins that competition, there’s a good chance that Jackson goes into the season as the #2 QB unless Russell Wilson picks up the offense much faster than is usually expected for a rookie.