Seahawks final roster is set, or is it?


Call it serendipity, but the way this final roster recap piece came together befits the reality of what appears to be, on paper at least, the Seahawks final roster.

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Just as I had the piece all finished, (and man let me tell you it was sooooo pretty, this thing was certainly going to win me a grip of awards) I clicked on “preview”……. and the whole thing disappeared. Vanished. Poof! As if it had never been written in the first place.

It was like I had written a bunch of words, and then suddenly those words weren’t there any more.

Sort of like what could very possibly happen with at least some of the “final” 53 man roster the Seahawks were mandated to get down to this afternoon.

Yeah, there’s a final roster, but a number of changes…. significant changes, could be coming down the pike in a matter of days or weeks.

Rather than list every player cut (which I did in the first draft), many of whom you’ve never heard of or at least never thought would make the cut, here is a list of players you DO know who are no longer Seahawks:

  • Fellow former UW WR’s Kevin Smith and Kasen Williams
  • CB Will Blackmon
  • 2015 draftees OL Terry Poole (4th rd), DE Obum Gwachum (6th), and S Ryan Murphy (7th)
  • LB Eric Pinkins
  • DT T.Y. McGill (booooooooooooo)
  • RB Rod Smith
  • TE Anthony McCoy

And here’s a look at some of the players on the bubble who DID make the team:

  • 2015 OL Draftees Kristjan Sokoli (6th) and Mark Glowinski (4th)
  • WR/QB/KR B.J. Daniels
  • Super Bowl standout, WR Chris Matthews
  • Rookie CB Tye Smith

The team was also able to retain the rights to RB Robert Turbin, CB Mohammad Seisay, and DT Jesse Williams. Turbin made it through waivers and reverted to IR along with Seisay, while Williams was place on the Reserve/Non Football Injury list.

And then they made a trade, picking up journeyman safety Kelcie McCray from the Kansas City Chiefs. The Seahawks will be McCray’s 4th team since being undrafted out of Arkansas State 4 years ago. Here’s a little bit about McCray from those who know more than I do:

So McCray could be someone they think will help fill the void left by the continued absence of holdout SS Kam Chancellor, or a message to Kam that they’re willing to move on without him, or it could simply be a case that they like McCray more than the other young safeties they let go today. Dion Bailey made the team as well as David Terrell, and they still have CB/S DeShawn Shead in the fold as well.

There certainly are some surprises among the cuts. The team chose to go with the special teams acumen of Ricardo Lockette rather than the more athletic upside of Smith and Williams at receiver, and at the moment they have 3 RB’s and 2 FB’s on the roster (undrafted rookie preseason star Thomas Rawls made it), despite the fact Fred Jackson hasn’t officially signed yet.

But whatever you think of the final roster a couple things are certain; once again the Seahawks demonstrate how willing they are to move on from players regardless of how high they were drafted (Poole) if they don’t view them as being worthy of a roster spot, and they are always looking for ways to upgrade the talent on their roster, even those players who lurk at the bottom of the depth chart.

Which is why you shouldn’t be surprised if there are even more moves by the team in the coming days ahead.

Next: Chancellor being shopped?

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