Will Blackmon has indicated he’s been released, further clouding the Seahawks’ much different “Legion of Boom” secondary.
The team has yet to announce the 22 cuts it must make to get the roster down to a regular season-ready 53 by 1 p.m. Saturday.
Seattle signed the 30-year-old free agent from Jacksonville this spring to a one-year, $870,000 contract for injury insurance and depth. He had been the fifth, “nickel” defensive back in preseason games and practices while usual nickel Jeremy Lane stayed on the physically-unable-to-perform list; Lane will be on that for at least the first six weeks of the regular season.
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Blackmon’s tweet suggests rookie Tye Smith, who was also getting time at nickel in late August, could be in that role for the opener at St. Louis on Sept. 13 – or that rumors Seattle is trying this weekend to trade for a veteran safety (one who might be able to play nickel, too) have some validity.
Those rumors stem from strong safety Kam Chancellor’s holdout continuing, with no end in sight -- and with the Seahawks starting to put their frustration with that impasse into acting on possible alternatives. Dion Bailey, a 2014 undrafted free agent and practice-squad player for Seattle last season, has been Chancellor’s fill-in starting at strong safety the last two weeks.