The Seattle Seahawks made a few big roster moves on Sunday, reportedly releasing corner back Terrell Thomas and waiving rookie linebacker Jackson Jeffcoat.
The moves were among the first to help Seattle get to their mandatory 75-man roster, which must be reached by Tuesday.
USA Today’s Tom Pelissero had the news first:
#Seahawks cut Terrell Thomas. Also waived Jackson Jeffcoat.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 25, 2014
Thomas was hoping to make the team as a slot corner, but he hadn’t played well this preseason. Jeremy Lane and Tharold Simon appear to be Seattle’s best available players to fill into the defensive rotation.
Though Thomas has been oft-injured in his career, he figures to get picked up by another team as he still has the ability to play well.
Last season, he started seven games for the New York Giants and recorded 58 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble.
Unfortunately for him, Seattle’s defense is so stacked that Thomas, who was signed this offseason, needed a spectacular preseason to make the roster, and he just couldn’t get it done.
Jeffcoat faced a similar uphill battle to make the roster.
Jeffcoat was buried in a tough linebacker battle on the inside and the impressive play of Brock Coyle and Heath Farwell spelled the end of Jeffcoat in Seattle.
He was an undrafted free agent signed by the Seahawks after this year’s draft and he will end up somewhere else because of his potential.
He had 95 tackles and 26 tackles in his four-year collegiate career at Texas and was the 2013 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year.
We will keep you posted on other major roster moves in the next few days. The Seahawks have until Tuesday to cut their current roster down to 75 guys.
On Saturday, the Seahawks will face the league’s deadline of cutting their roster down to 53 men.
They have one more preseason game, Thursday against the Oakland Raiders, before that happens and, unfortunately, a number of players may be playing their last in Seattle.
We will let you know who those players are as the roster moves are announced.