In another surprise move this morning, the Seahawks have cut veteran cornerback Antoine Winfield, as reported here on the NFL.com transaction list.
The Seahawks will not officially announce any moves themselves until the 3 p.m. deadline today to pare the roster from 75 to 53.
The 36-year-old Winfield was signed in the off-season after 14 years with Buffalo and Minnesota with the thought that he would compete for the nickelback spot held last year by Marcus Trufant.
That spot will now apparently go instead to Walter Thurmond, a fourth-year player from Oregon who has overcome some serious injuries the last few seasons to have a solid camp.
Winfield had a $1 million base salary, as well as a $500,000 singing bonus, and cutting him will save $1 million off the cap.
The Seahawks are also known to be enamored with young cornerbacks such as Jeremy Lane and Byron Maxwell, the latter of whom also has had a particularly strong camp.
The move, paired with yesterday’s release of Michael Robinson, indicates that the Seahawks are opting for youth and cutting salary with some of their decisions, needing some cap space going forward.
More news of cuts may leak out through the day as the Seahawks make 20 more moves (one of which will be to put DE/LB Bruce Irvin on the suspended list for his four-game PED suspension).