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Seattle Seahawks cut eight players, roster now sits at 82

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As the league’s roster deadline fast approaches, the Seattle Seahawks have begun trimming their roster, cutting eight players on Monday, less than a day before the 75-man roster deadline.

According to The Seattle Times, the Seahawks officially did away with eight players on Monday, four from the offense and four from the defense:

Seattle officially terminated the contracts of veteran OT Wade Smith and CB Terrell Thomas and waived OT Cory Brandon, RB Demitrius Bronson, S Mike Dobson, DE Jackson Jeffcoat, WR Kevin Smith and CB Thomas Wolfe.

Nearly all of the players cut Monday were expected to be cut, but the Seahawks need to cut seven more players by Tuesday’s 1 p.m. deadline to meet the league requirements on roster size.

Even more intriguing, that roster will need to be trimmed to 53 by Saturday, meaning a total of 29 players will be playing their last week in Seattle this week.

The Seahawks have one more preseason game on Thursday against the Oakland Raiders and it could be a number of players’ last chance to impress Seattle’s coaching staff.

One intriguing battle is at quarterback as the Seahawks will likely only keep three QBs. With Russell Wilson and Tarvaris Jackson pretty much locked in, the question becomes: will Seattle keep Terrelle Pryor or let him go and keep last year’s third-stringer B.J. Daniels?

The Seahawks are also deep at the receiver position and may have to part ways with either Bryan Walters, Ricardo Lockette or both to make room for newcomers Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood, who are also expected to make the 53-man team. Chris Matthews and Phil Bates might also be on the bubble.

On the defense, there is a heavy linebacker battle between Heath Farwell and rookie Brock Coyle. Both have played tremendously well but because of Seattle’s depth in the middle of the defense, one of them might get the boot.

The Seahawks have some tough decisions to make this week, but one thing is for certain — by this time Tuesday, the Seahawks will be down to 75 guys and by this time next week, Seattle will have a complete 53-man roster.

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