Seahawks juggle roster as they prepare for Tampa
By Keith Myers
The Seattle Seahawks made a trio of notable roster moves this week, including finally cutting a terrible player they never should have signed.
It’s been a long holiday week. If you’re feeling like you haven’t been able to follow along on everything the Seahawks have been doing, well, you’re not alone. Lets face it, we’ve all be busy. That turkey wasn’t going to eat itself. And the pie… oh god the pie…
Luckily, we’re here to help you get caught up. Lets start with a recap of the transactions the Seahawks made this week.
J’Marcus Webb experiment finally ended
It is as if the Seahawks didn’t learn from the Cary Williams experience year ago. Not only did they sign another terrible veteran player thinking they could fix them, but this time they guaranteed the entire salary.
The Seahawks finally admitted this season’s mistake but cutting J’Marcus Webb. The only thing left to say here would be “It is about damn time.”
Webb was a “Tom Cable special” that was signed to be the starting right tackle. He couldn’t manage to beat out an injured Gary Gilliam for that job. When LT Bradley Sowell was injured, Webb couldn’t even beat out a undrafted rookie who didn’t play college football for playing time there.
Now, with everyone healthy, Webb had sunk to 5th on the depth chart at offensive tackle. The Seahawks then decided they didn’t need a 5th offensive tackle, and Webb was delivered his walking papers.
RB/WR/CB George Farmer called up from practice squad
With CJ Prosise out until the playoff with a broken shoulder blade and Troymane Pope out with a high ankle sprain, the Seahawks used the roster spot opened up by cutting Webb to call up the versatile George Farmer.
Farmer is an amazing athlete, but he lacks a natural position. The Seahawks had him at CB in training camp, then moved him to RB when they had too many injuries there. When he was added to the practice squad earlier this season, it was as a WR.
Farmer will be playing on offense and special teams, but it is unclear exactly what role he will have. His ability to be both a RB and WR would suggest that he could be the new 3rd down back. Unfortunately, we have no idea if he can block well enough to make that work.
Zac Brooks is back (again)
With Christine Michael now with the Packers, Prosise and Pope hurt, and Rawls still limited after breaking his leg, the Seahawks needed another RB on the practice squad. To fill that void they brought back 7th round pick Zac Brooks.
Brooks was the 3rd RB drafted by the Seahawks in the draft, and the first of their draft picks to be cut. After being passed on the depth chart by an UDFA (Pope), Brooks was cut when rosters were reduced to 75.
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Brooks then bounded around the league on various practice squads, including Seattle’s for a couple weeks. Now he’ll hope to use this opportunity to finally stick with the Seahawks for at least the rest of this season.