So here’s the deal: The Seahawks must trim their roster to 53 players by 1 p.m. on Saturday. That’s the official time their roster must be in to the NFL, but two things worth mentioning: Cuts will be leaked out from agents and from players themselves on Twitter throughout the day and the Seahawks don’t have to make their final 53-man roster public at 1 p.m.; usually, they send it out a little later in the afternoon.
We’ll try to keep you updated throughout the day as cuts leak and then we’ll wrap up the Seahawks’ surprises and decisions on who to keep and who to cut. It’s also worth remembering that the Seahawks could add players cut by other teams, so the guys we saw all preseason aren’t necessarily the exact same guys who will be on the roster.
While we wait, here’s the story about the Seahawks releasing quarterback Terrelle Pryor.
And here is Bob Condotta’s guess at the 53-man roster from Friday.
Update at 3:56 p.m.: The Seahawks have released wide receiver Bryan Walters, according to Adam Caplan from ESPN.com. Walters was in the running for one of the Seahawks’ final receiving spots. That he didn’t make it is good news for receivers Ricardo Lockette and rookie Kevin Norwood.
Update at 2:50 p.m.: The Seahawks have released defensive tackle Jimmy Staten, according to Tom Pelissero of USA Today. Staten, Seattle’s fifth-round draft choice this year, hardly practiced this preseason because of a hamstring injury. The Seahawks just couldn’t see enough of him to figure out what they had, and they’re hoping he clears waivers so they can get him on the practice squad. The Seahawks also have released fullback Kiero Small, a seventh-round pick this year.
Update at 12:30 p.m.: The Seahawks have released defensive end Benson Mayowa and linebacker Korey Toomer, per a source. Danny O’Neil from 710 ESPN Seattle first reported the news. Mayowa was one of last season’s biggest surprises. He was an undrafted free agent out of Idaho who latched on with the Seahawks after the draft and never let go. Coach Pete Carroll always mentioned his natural ability as a pass rusher, and he was one of Seattle’s stand out players during the preseason last year. As a result, the Seahawks kept him on the active 53-man roster all season despite the fact he hardly ever played. That showed how much they were looking for him to improve and contribute this season. He bulked up and added weight to his lean frame this offseason, but he just never looked as effective as a pass rusher, and veteran O’Brien Schofield played better than him. Toomer, on the other hand, missed all of last season with an injury but returned this offseason and showed why the Seahawks liked him with nice practices in the summer. But once again Toomer got hurt and missed the majority of training camp. At the end of the day, he just couldn’t stay healthy.
Update 11:56 a.m.: The Seahawks have released cornerback Phillip Adams, according to Ian Rapoport from the NFL Network. Adams signed with the Seahawks this offseason as a free agent, and he was locked in a battle to be Seattle’s backup nickel corner with A.J. Jefferson and Akeem Auguste. Jefferson is out for the season with an injury, so that left Adams and Auguste as potential candidates on the roster. But Adams was inconsistent, including in Friday’s preseason finale against Oakland. That likely means the Seahawks go with Auguste as the fifth corner on the roster or look to the waiver wire to pick up another corner.
Update 11:36 a.m.: The Seahawks have released wide receiver Arceto Clark, according to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post. No surprise there. Clark, a speedy and undersized receiver, was also cut last year and spent time on the practice squad. The Seahawks’ receiving group might be the most competitive position on the roster, and Clark had a mountain to climb to squeak out one of the final spots.
Update 10:29 a.m.: The Seahawks release offensive tackle Eric Winston, according to ProFootballTalk.com and other reports. The Seahawks signed Winston this offseason after waiving second-year tackle Michael Bowie. Winston has started 119 consecutive games, but he struggled with Arizona last year, and he clearly was behind starting offensive tackles Russell Okung and Justin Britt. By cutting Winston, the Seahawks save $1 million on his salary. That likely means the Seahawks keep undrafted rookie offensive tackle Garry Gilliam, a high-upside player from Penn State. That also erases whatever tiny doubt there was about Britt starting at right tackle at rookie. It was clear it was his job before, but this essentially makes it official.
Update 10:06 a.m.: Can confirm earlier reports that fullback Kiero Small will be cut by the Seahawks. Small, a seventh-round pick out of Arkansas this year, was long believed to be a roster casualty because Derrick Coleman has established himself as the team’s fullback and it was unlikely the Seahawks would carry two fullbacks (even though they did it for part of last season). If Small clears waivers, he’s a likely practice squad player.