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Seahawks waive Drew Nowak, who began last season as starting center, plus four others

The Seahawks on Wednesday waived Drew Nowak. Here he is making his NFL debut as Seattle’s new starting center in last September’s season opener at St. Louis.
The Seahawks on Wednesday waived Drew Nowak. Here he is making his NFL debut as Seattle’s new starting center in last September’s season opener at St. Louis. AP

Remember when Drew Nowak was the Seahawks’ starting center?

They barely do, too.

Wednesday the team waived the undrafted college defensive lineman. Nowak was one of five players the Seahawks placed on league waivers to keep the offseason roster at the maximum of 90 following last weekend’s drafting of 10 players.

Seattle hasn’t announced what is believed to be 13 players they have signed as undrafted free agent for rookie minicamp that begins Friday.

Nowak was the Seahawks’ surprise starter out of training camp last summer, months after the team traded two-time Pro Bowl center Max Unger to New Orleans for tight end Jimmy Graham. Nowak’s first five NFL games were his starts to begin last season. He started seven games in all, and had issues in getting the four other blockers on the same page with the correct line calls.

The Seahawks allowed 31 sacks in the first seven games of 2015. Patrick Lewis then replaced Nowak and -- voila! -- Russell Wilson began getting pass protection en route to becoming the first Seahawk to throw for 4,000 yards in a season.

This is the second time in five months the Seahawks have waived Nowak. No one claimed him in December, and he returned to finish the regular season on Seattle’s practice squad.

Shirley is a former Washington Huskies defensive end whose college career ended at UNLV. He spent time last season with Tampa Bay before the Seahawks signed him to a futures contract for this offseason in January.

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