The Seattle Seahawks Tuesday made a few changes to their 53-man active roster, re-signing receiver Bryan Walters and signing free agent tight end Tony Moeaki, making room by waiving linebacker L.J. Fort and safety Terrance Parks.
Walters, a graduate of Juanita High,was released on Saturday to make room for Parks with the Seahawks needing some depth at safety with Kam Chancellor out. But with Chancellor due back, the team is reversing that move now and bringing back Walters, who has been waived and re-signed by the team twice this season.
He may resume his role as the punt returner after Doug Baldwin handled those duties in Sunday’s win over the Raiders. Baldwin suffered a groin injury that’s not thought serious. But the team could want Walters to take punt returning off of Baldwin’s plate. He also handled kickoff returns in the St. Louis game following the trade of Percy Harvin. But Paul Richardson my have that role for now. The return of Walters again gives Seattle six receivers on its active roster.
Moeaki, as mentioned in an earlier blog item, was the primary starter at Kansas City in 2010 and 2012 with 80 receptions for 1,009 yards in those two seasons. However, the 27-year old who played at Iowa has battled injuries the past two seasons, and was given an injury settlement in September by Buffalo due to what one newspaper at the time called “an assortment of injuries.”
Moeaki gives Seattle four tight ends on its active roster — Zach Miller, Luke Willson and Cooper Helfet being the others. However, Miller has missed the last five games after having ankle surgery following the win over Denver and it is uncertain when he will return.
Moeaki was most recently listed at 6-3, 252.
FootballOutsiders wrote of Moeaki before the season that “if he can stay healthy, he could become a real presence in the Buffalo passing game” and that he had “considerably more upside as an athletic presence” than Buffalo starter Scott Chandler. But FO also wrote “but there have been head, knee, shoulder and back issues in his relatively brief NFL career.”
Fort, signed to the practice squad two weeks ago, was elevated to the active roster last week due to injury issues at linebacker. He played only on special teams against the Raiders, however, getting 17 snaps. Parks also played only on special teams against the Raiders, getting 13 snaps.
The Seahawks also signed receiver Jalen Saunders and safety Dion Bailey to the practice squad while releasing WR Chris Matthews and TE Brett Brackett from the practice squad. Saunders played in three games this year for the Jets, returning six punts for 26 yards. However, he also fumbled two.
Bailey was with Seattle during training camp but released after hurting his ankle.
Matthews was re-signed to the practice squad last week. Brackett, active against Carolina, was released and then signed to practice squad last week.
The practice squad moves today leave Seattle with nine practice squad players entering the week.
The Seahawks also announced that rookie safety Eric Pinkins will remain on the reserve/non-football injury list, so his season is over. The sixth-round pick from San Diego State had Lisfranc surgery prior to the season. He was eligible to begin practicing with the team three weeks ago but the team then had to decide whether to put him on the 53-man active roster or leave him on IR for the rest of the year.
Seattle will also have to make another change to the 53-man roster this week when it activates cornerback Jeremy Lane off of the short term Injured Reserve list.
UPDATE — And as Walters noted a little while ago on Twitter, he got re-signed on what is his 27th bithday.
Thanks for all the birthday love!
— Bryan Walters (@bwalt19) November 4, 2014