The Seahawks announced a few changes and additions to its roster and practice squad today, including the return of receiver Bryan Walters to the 53-man roster, with the team releasing receiver Phil Bates.
Walters was released in the cutdown to 53 on Saturday with Bates one of seven receivers on the initial 53-man roster.
And for what it’s worth, there doesn’t appear to be any sort of financial incentive to having brought back Walters now and waiving Bates as opposed to just keeping Walters in the first place. It also does not appear injury related.
The move was announced a little while after coach Pete Carroll said that the team had “eight or nine” receivers he would have liked to have kept before keeping seven. And now Walters is again one of those seven, likely to be used in a role as a returner.
Walters handled both kick and punt returns throughout the preseason, leading the team with nine kickoff returns for 229 yards and also had four punt returns for 46 yards, and while Earl Thomas is listed as the No. 1 punt returner, Carroll has said throughout that others will also get their turn. So obviously, Walters could be pushed into immediate duty there. Carroll was a little unequivocal today when asked if Thomas remains the main punt returner saying “yeah., yeah.” However, he was asked that before the news of Walters came out, so he might just not have wanted to address the issue at all.
Walters is practicing with the team today.
Seattle also signed to its practice squad defensive end Julius Warmsley signed with Houston as an undrafted free agent who had been in camp with Houston.
Seattle also signed defensive back Josh Aubrey, who played in six games for Cleveland last season.
That gives the Seahawks a full complement of 10 players on its practice squad.
And it’s worth a reminder that the practice squad is likely to change daily this time of year as rosters everywhere remain in some flux and players become available.