Seahawks Insider Blog

The hits keep coming: Jones, Babs out, new Oline coach hired

The news continues to flow in at a fast pace regarding the Seahawks.

As expected, the Seahawks waived running back Julius Jones and safety Jordan Babineaux, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Brian McIntyre notes the release of Jones, Babineaux and Kevin Vickerson totals $6.6 million in base salary, close to the $7 million the team is still on the hook to pay receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

Brian McIntyre reports that the Seahawks have signed former San Francisco 49ers special teamer Michael Robinson and waived fullback Owen Schmitt. With the play of Quinton Ganther, Schmitt had become expendable, and Robinson could play fullback in a pinch.

The Seahawks also didn't take very long to replace offensive line coach Alex Gibbs, with Carroll dipping into the college ranks to bring Pat Ruel into the fold, his offensive line coach at USC, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports. It's an interesting move because I wondered how Ruel's coaching abilities at the college level would translate at the pro game. I guess we'll find out.

Ruell has some NFL experience, coaching offensive line at Minnesota, Green Bay and Buffalo from 2000 to 2003.

Ruel wasn't retained when Lane Kiffin took over for the Trojans. Ruel was set to coach for the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL this season.