Here are a couple main storylines gleaned from the Seattle Seahawks announcement that the team has made cuts to get down to the 53-man roster.
Having leading sack man Chris Clemons begin the year on the active roster is big news, particularly with all of the nagging injuries on the defensive line heading into a Week 1 contest at Carolina.
Instead of being released and once again hitting the free agency market, 36-year-old cornerback Antoine Winfield chose to retire.
With the impressive play of Walter Thurmond during the preseason, along with quality depth at the position like Jeremy Lane and Byron Maxwell, the Seahawks could afford to part ways with Winfield.
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Seattle also announced that the team traded an undisclosed future draft choice to Jacksonville in exchange for defensive tackle D'Anthony Smith, pending physical examinations. Smith was originally drafted in the third round (74th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Jaguars out of Louisiana Tech.
After spending both the 2010 and 2011 seasons on injured reserve, Smith saw his first action in 2012, playing in eight games and recording 10 tackles (six solo) before being placed on injured reserve (head) on November 28.
Seattle releasing fullback Michael Robinson opened up a spot for second-year pro Derrick Coleman. The UCLA product is a good story; he overcame a hearing impairment to make Seattle’s final roster.
Eight rookies made the final roster, including five draft selections.
All players waived today are eligible to be claimed off waivers by other NFL teams at 9 a.m. on Sunday.
Teams can start setting practice squads at that time, once waiver claims have been settled.
Here are the players that have been released according to the Seahawks’ press release:
Players the Seahawks waived include WR Phil Bates, DT Michael Brooks, DT Dewayne Cherrington, WR Arceto Clark, TE Darren Fells, DB Winston Guy, WR Chris Harper, TE Cooper Helfet, DT Jaye Howard, G Rishaw Johnson, TE Sean McGrath, DB Ron Parker, LB Ty Powell, G Ryan Seymour, DB DeShawn Shead, DT Sealver Siliga, G Jared Smith and WR Bryan Walters.
Veterans who had their contracts terminated include DT Clinton McDonald, FB Michael Robinson, QB Brady Quinn and CB Antoine Winfield. BREAKING DOWN THE ROSTER
OFFENSE (24 PLAYERS)
Quarterbacks (2): Russell Wilson, Tarvaris Jackson.
Running backs (5): Tailbacks – Marshawn Lynch, Robert Turbin, Christine Michael, Spencer Ware. Fullback – Derrick Coleman. Wide receivers (5): Sidney Rice, Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Stephen Williams.
Tight ends (2): Zach Miller, Luke Willson.
Offensive line (10): Russell Okung, Paul McQuistan, Max Unger, Breno Giacomini, J.R. Sweezy, Lemuel Jeanpierre, James Carpenter, Mike Person, Michael Bowie, Alvin Bailey.
DEFENSE (26 PLAYERS)
Defensive line (10): Chris Clemons, Brandon Mebane, Tony McDaniel, Red Bryant, Cliff Avril, O’Brian Schofield, D'Anthony Smith, Benson Mayowa, Jordan Hill, Michael Bennett.
Linebackers (7): K.J. Wright, Bobby Wagner, Mike Morgan, Heath Farwell, Malcolm Smith, Allen Bradford, John Lotulelei.Defensive backs (9): Brandon Browner, Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Walter Thurmond, Byron Maxwell, Jeron Johnson, Jeremy Lane, Chris Maragos.
SPECIAL TEAMS (3 PLAYERS)Jon Ryan, Steven Hauschka, Clint Gresham.
INJURED RESERVE LIST: CB Chandler Fenner, TE Anthony McCoy, DT Jesse Williams, DE Kenneth Boatright.
SUSPENDED LIST: LB Bruce Irvin
PUP LIST/NON-FOOTBALL INJURY LIST: DL Greg Scruggs, CB Tharold Simon, WR Percy Harvin, LB Korey Toomer.