Rookie Ethan Pocic’s versatility has cost 2016 draft choice Joey Hunt his place on the Seahawks.
Friday’s big trade for Sheldon Richardson has apparently cost Ahytba Rubin his Seattle job.
A league source informed me Saturday morning, hours before the league deadline for the team to get its 90-man roster down to 53 players, that the Seahawks released Hunt.
Seattle drafted Hunt out of Texas Christian in the sixth round last season. He made one start, Nov. 27 at Tampa Bay when Pro Bowl alternate Justin Britt had an ankle injury. The Seahawks scored five points in that loss.
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Hunt became an extra piece Seattle no longer needed when it drafted Pocic, the former LSU center, in the second round this spring.
Pocic then proved through training camp last month he can play tackle, guard and center. That makes him a valued piece on the game-day active roster this season. Hunt only plays center. Seattle could not afford to keep three players who play center on the roster at the expense of versatility at other positions.
Richardson’s arrival from the New York Jets in the trade of wide receiver Jermaine Kearse and a second-round pick meant Rubin was a defensive tackle the Seahawks no longer needed, not at age 31. Seattle tried to trade Rubin but found apparently found no takers, according to this report by the NFL Network’s Ian Rapaport:
The Minnesota Vikings announced they completed the trade we learned of Friday: The Seahawks sending defensive back Tramaine Brock to the Vikings for a seventh-round pick. Seattle signed the former starting cornerback for San Francisco last month, then used him at nickel back in the final weeks of preseason practice.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the Seahawks traded defensive end and special-teams player Cassius Marsh to New England for the seventh-round pick Seattle had sent to the Patriots Friday when Seattle acquired defensive back Justin Coleman. Seattle also received a fifth-round choice from New England.
The Kansas City Star reported the Chiefs traded offensive tackle Isaiah Battle to the Seahawks for a conditional draft choice. The 6-foot-7 Battle was a supplemental draft pick by the Rams in 2015.
And here’s a move we could see coming since mid-August:
Collins, Seattle’s fifth-round pick in 2016, lost a fumble in the second preseason game, against Minnesota, a huge sin to coach Pete Carroll. But that was well after rookie seventh-round choice Chris Carson had impressed coaches with his more-decisive running and hustle plays on special teams. Carson not took but seized Collins’ job as the fourth running back behind Thomas Rawls, Eddie Lacy and C.J. Prosise. Now the challenge for the Seahawks will be to get Carson the carries in the regular season that begins next week.
ESPN’s Josina Anderson posted on Twitter the Seahawks released defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson, the team’s 2016 draft choice. His rookie season ended on injured reserve, and he did not show during training camp that he was back as far as the Seahawks hoped he’d be.