Good evening. Well, this exercise gets harder every season. But with the completion of the Seattle Seahawks exhibition season, here’s how I see the team’s roster shaking out once Saturday’s roster cuts are completed.
Quarterbacks (2): Russell Wilson, Tarvaris JacksonComment: Brady Quinn could be a consideration. Keeping three quarterbacks on the roster would total only $2.15 million in base salary in the quarterback room. However, I think the Seahawks will need this roster spot to keep another defensive player.
Running backs (4): Tailbacks – Marshawn Lynch, Robert Turbin, Christine Michael. Fullback – Michael Robinson.Comment: Zach Miller can play fullback in a pinch, and has done so in the past when Robinson was injured. So even if Robinson hasn’t fully recovered from his illness, the Seahawks are okay without a healthy fullback on the active roster. And the Seahawks can always bring someone like Derrick Coleman up from the practice squad on Saturday if needed. Robinson is the highest paid fullback in the league at $2.5 million in base salary, and could be asked to restructure his deal in order to stick around.
Wide receivers (5): Sidney Rice, Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Stephen Williams. Comment: Probably the toughest decision for me on the offensive side of the ball. But I think Seattle can get Harper through waivers and onto the practice squad. He certainly didn’t help himself with two, bad drops against Oakland.
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Tight ends (3): Zach Miller, Luke Willson, Sean McGrath.Comment: Cooper Helfet will be a consideration here because of his pass-catching ability. I also like Darren Fells as a developmental prospect.
Offensive line (9): Russell Okung, Paul McQuistan, Max Unger, J.R. Sweezy, Breno Giacomini, Mike Person, Lemuel Jeanpierre, James Carpenter, Rishaw Johnson. Comment: Alvin Bailey also could be a consideration here, but I think Johnson is the better player right now. It appeared that Michael Bowie suffered a significant shoulder injury, so I have him listed on the injured reserve for now. But I don’t know how significant an injury it is.
Total offense: 23
Defensive line (11): Benson Mayowa, Brandon Mebane, Jordan Hill, Red Bryant, Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, Clinton McDonald, Tony McDaniel, O’Brien Schofield, Chris Clemons, Jaye Howard.Comment: I went back and forth on Clemons, but ultimately decided to keep him in because Pete Carroll keeps saying that he’s close to returning. I kept a few extra bodies here because of all the injury issues.
Linebackers (6): K.J. Wright, Allen Bradford, Bobby Wagner, Heath Farwell, Mike Morgan, Malcolm Smith.Comment: Seahawks pick up a roster spot with Bruce Irvin on the suspended list, and Bradford is rewarded.
Defensive backs (10): Brandon Browner, Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Walter Thurmond, Jeremy Lane, Byron Maxwell, Jeron Johnson, Chris Maragos, Antoine Winfield.Comment: Winfield could be a surprise cut here. Seahawks would save $1 million by letting him go. Total defense: 27
Specialty (3): Jon Ryan, Steven Hauschka, Clint GreshamComment: No surprises here. Hauschka and Gresham proved their worth by outperforming competition during training camp. Practice squad: WR Chris Harper, OL Alvin Bailey, DT Michael Brooks, FB Derrick Coleman, LB John Lotuleilei, WR Phil Bates, TE Darren Fells, SS Winston Guy.
PUP List: CB Tharold Simon, DL Greg Scruggs, WR Percy Harvin.
Non-football injury list: LB Korey Toomer.
Injured reserve list: Michael Bowie
Suspended list: LB Bruce Irvin