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Hawks release Terrell Owens

Post by Eric Williams on Aug. 26, 2012 at 11:15 am with 64 Comments »
August 26, 2012 11:15 am

The Seattle Seahawks have released Terrell Owens as part of the team cutting down from 90 to 75 players.

NFL teams must cut down to 75 players by 1 p.m Pacific Time on Monday. Owens, 38, signed with the Seahawks after an impressive workout on Aug. 6. Owens was in great shape, and at times flashed the big-play potential in practice that he showed throughout his career.

However, that effort did not translate over to games.

Owens was targeted three times against Kansas City, and finished with two catches for 41 yards. That performance came after being targeted five times against Denver last week, but finishing without a catch, including a drop on what would have been a 46-yard touchdown catch from the arm of quarterback Matt Flynn.

Owens’ release means that Seattle will continue to give younger players like Ricardo Lockette and Kris Durham a chance to make the roster.

While Owens is no longer with Seattle, he did prove that he can still play in the league. Being cut now by the Seahawks offers Owens a better opportunity to hook on with another team looking for a deep threat at receiver.

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  1. Soggybuc says:

    Good news, I was getting worried for a moment.

  2. raymaines says:

    I’m so glad I said something semi intelligent about TO on a different thread before this was posted.

  3. ChrisHolmes says:

    Good new for Edwards, who I like.

  4. I’m glad to hear Pete moving forward, and that T.O. left with class.

    E – Where’s the rest of the cuts list??

  5. Thought he would have made the cut to 75, until I heard about him jawing in the coaches ear. Hardly a promising sign and attests to where his personality leads to team chemistry issues. It’s a preseason game… what could he possibly be fired up about?
    Being fast with stone hands… I’d rather bring in Usain Bolt for a tryout, probably doesn’t catch much worse. This is definately a position they will be eyeing other rosters. It did seem like they were testing other burners on punt coverage, which doesn’t bode well for Obo.

  6. Carlsonkid says:

    He wasn’t going to beat out Braylon , and this gives him a chance to get picked up elsewhere with a week left still in preseason .

    It’ll be interesting to see if we pick up anyone off the discard pile this next week . I’m sure there’s plenty of teams watching our list of released players considering our depth …

  7. Dukeshire says:

    Not a surprise.

  8. Hell has thawed out.

  9. SandpointHawk says:

    No surprise at all… By the way what’s Usain Bolt’s 40 time?

  10. I was pulling for him, but at least Edwards got the message and has stepped up accordingly.
    I guess the last spot is up for grabs between Obo, Lockette, and Martin.

  11. Singularitarian says:

    I thought he’d make the team, he was the only player who could get deep seperation consistantly, hed been playing football only 2 Weeks, hands would have came on. If it’s character issues im fine with the cut. But hes still a play maker. Hopefully lockette will make the team now

  12. grizindabox24 says:

    Singularitarian, do not believe Lockette is anywhere close to making the 53 right now.

  13. Ewalters7354 says:

    Can we please stop mentioning Obo in the discussion of making the team please!It may just be me bit I personally am ready to move on from Ben.His time is up.I agree about Charlie Martin.Kris Durham is more than likely gone as well.Sorry buddy hut you have proven so far that you don’t belong on this team.

  14. Stevos…List has not come out. This is just because of TO’s tweet.

  15. Singularitarian says:

    Griz, im not sure that he is but we need a home run hitter. Edwards is I guess, and Rice is when healthy. But with such a good run game we need someone to bomb deep to off play action. I personally thought TO was that guy, and I know lockette has got the speed…

  16. Don’t think I’m going to miss TO much. He can get down field, but the money’s for catching the ball, as he didn’t do until the end. Instead I’m pulling for someone like Martin, who’s done a nifty job this preseason. If he’s out there playing ST too, that’s even more in his favor.

    Just have not seen or heard enough from Obo, Durham or Lockette this time around to really warrant them making the 53, even if Obo’s the veteran.

  17. grizindabox24 says:

    I think the final 2 WR spots come down to Butler/Martin/Obo. And I know many are tired of Obo, but the guy does everything asked as a #6 WR, which is basically to sacrifice his body on special teams, and he is pretty good at it. Butler and/or Martin must be willing to fill role.

  18. grizindabox24 says:

    Single, I can not see Lockette making the team ahead or 1)Rice, 2)Baldwin, 3)Tate, 4)Edwards, 5)Butler, 6)Martin, or 7)Obo.

  19. At least he kept a good attitude after being cut. Too bad I wanted him to do good but its best for the team.

  20. Singularitarian says:

    I dont see Durham or obo or anyone else who looks to me to be a gamer on our roster now. It’ll be rice, Edwards, baldwin, Tate, butler, and… Lockette is all that makes sense, or obo I suppose

  21. grizindabox24 says:

    Single, like your loyalty to Lockette, just don’t see it. His lack of playing on ST will make it difficult to make the roster. ST play is what puts him behind the likes of Butler/Obo/Martin. That #6 WR spot is more a special team guy that can play WR as opposed to a WR that can play ST.

  22. Ewalters7354 says:

    Obo,Obo,Obo,….enough already lol just kidding

  23. Still think Rice, Edwards & Baldwin are the starters. Tate is in more for his ST role in my eyes then receiving prowess(does this put Washington’s role in jeopardy? It very well could.) Then you reach the herd of Butler, Obo, Martin, Lockette, Durham. We’ll be saying goodbye to some familiar faces soon.

    Glad to see Owens removed from the picture. If we wind up desperate due to injuries there’s a chance he could be back. That’s the only situation where I could stomach his presence(and suspect hands) on our squad.

  24. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Don’t really care one way or another about T.O. I just want Baldwin back, Rice healthy, and Tate to get better. Winslow is close to being another WR, imo.
    Overall we have good receiving TEs and RBs so that helps.

  25. Macabrevity says:

    Good news, I really like what Braylon has been doing, no need to keep holding our breath on TO.

    As for the Usain Bolt comments, this is a pretty good analysis here as far as I can tell…

    With CJ2K’s recent comments about wanting to face Bolt, I have to say that he would lose regardless of how close the math might make it look. Even though Bolt doesn’t hit top speed til around the 30 meter mark, and CJ is lightning quick from the start – I can’t believe that the fastest man in the NFL combine would have a shot at beating the fastest man in the history of world track competition. Bolt trains at his craft, and CJ would just be a highly talented amateur going up against him. I really don’t see anyone outside of track and field getting up to those kinds of speeds.

  26. freedom_X says:

    Overlooking Obomanu is overlooking the value of special teams. Backup WR’s are key, core special teams players.

    I of course was opposed to the signing of Owens all along. But I also note that he may have had too much rust to shake off in 2 weeks. And he can’t play special teams. If he had volunteered for that it would have been an amazing sign of his true willingness to do anything to get back in the league.

    Hopefully this is a good sign about improved depth at WR. If Seattle has injuries later, they might consider Owens again, after guaranteed contracts are no longer required (Sept 1?)

  27. FleaFlicker says:

    Echo GeorgiaHawk on Baldwin and Rice. Those two healthy gives us a respectable WR threat.

    As for T.O., I wish the guy well. Maybe he can get on a roster like Miami that is in desperate need of receiving help.

  28. CDN_C_Hawk says:

    Usain Bolt’s 40 time would equate to, about 3.75 sec or 23 mph, but since he starts slow and finishes fast…I’m say realistically, he’s be in the 4.1 – 4.2 range

  29. Soggybuc says:

    I can’t find anything on Bolt running an actual timed 40 but based on the math in the 100M it’s estimated at 4.1, speculation being a 4.2-4.3 realistically when you take away the starting blocks.

  30. Dukeshire says:

    As much as I like Obo and feel he’s undervalued by most fans, this team is so young and has a number of players desperate to make the roster, that the special teams element isn’t as much of a factor for Obo making the team. He needs to make the roster by his value at receiver, primarily. Owens now gone, helps him with that.

  31. Who’s gooing to make it and why? Post your opinions!

    1. Rice
    2. Baldwin
    3. Edwards.
    4. Obomanu – For Special Teams and as 4th receiver.
    5. Chary Martin – Has shown more in the past two games, plus a good special teamer
    6. Deon Blutler – The guy does it all, anytime he is asked to step up.

  32. CDN_C_Hawk says:

    I calculated the 3.75 and speed, on his WR time, of 9.68 secs, and 40 yds converts to 36.5 meters. At the 50m mark hes probably around 18-20 mph, but at the end is 26/27 mph

  33. Dukeshire says:

    ESPN had a piece a couple years back with Bolt suited up and running routes. I’m going to be kind here, but let’s just say he has as much chance at playin in the NFL as I do: it will never happen.

  34. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Funny how it looks so fast when you see these sprinters run, but when you get into your car and go 20-25 mph it seems so slow. Lol.

  35. I never figured they’d keep both TO and Edwards. Edwards has shown more and he’s significantly younger. The move makes sense.

  36. CDN_C_Hawk says:

    If TO really wants to play football…he might have success on the BIGGER field we have up here in the CFL… 110yds x 65yds with 20yd deep end zones

  37. GeorgiaHawk says:

    And a Buffalo,(as big as they are) can reach 40 mph in just a few steps.
    That makes me feel more on a par with Bolt when I hear that. Even with my top speed of 10 mph.

  38. My list would be:

    1. Rice – starting Flanker
    2. Edwards – starting Split End
    3. Baldwin – starting Slot
    4. Deon Butler – backup Slot and Flanker
    5. Charly Martin – Special Teams

    1. Winslow (essentially another slot WR)
    2. Miller
    3. McCoy
    4. Morrah (replaces Winslow if he goes down)

    Practice Squad
    WR Lockette
    TE McGrath or Helfet

  39. The Eldorado stuff was “fun” while it lasted.

  40. oh, and I’d add Tate as Punt Returner

  41. I’m kind of bummed that it didn’t work out–but I’m not too surprised. Moving forward!!

  42. Ewalters7354 says:

    Duke hit my point about Obo right on the nose.I like him,I really do.Stand up guy.But he would really have to shine this last preseason game and being hurt really isn’t doing him any justice.

  43. I like Obomanu too, but how many players can you name who lead Special Teams into the 7th year of their careers? Obo can’t take those hits forever. Special Teams is a young man’s game. Martin looks like a good replacement, with only 2 years of wear and tear on his body.

  44. grizindabox24 says:

    Roy Lewis, Morrah, Lutui are surprising for the first round of cuts

  45. yellaman says:

    Well TO left with his image intact as a QB killer. Flynn being the most recent casualty. lol

  46. Barron, Lutui, Konz, Lewis, Levingston, Morrah, Bates, Coughman, Lysowski, Sutton, Parker, Owens.

  47. From Seahawks facebook page:

    The following roster transactions were announced Sunday afternoon:

    Waived with the designation as injured: Jameson Konz, Lazarius Levingston, Roy Lewis, Cameron Morrah

    Waived: Phil Bates, Edawn Coughman, Donny Lisowski, Ron Parker, Tyrell Sutton

    Terminated vested veteran contracts: Alex Barron, Deuce Lutui, Terrell Owens

  48. FleaFlicker says:

    The way that Arizone O-Line is imploding, I wouldn’t be suprised to see Lutui on the field in week 1 in a Cards jersey.

  49. I say it’s the correct decision… If he could have helped us immediatly, that’s another story and worth the off field risk…
    He clearly could not help us, so we need to move on. It just wouldn’t give us a payback to lose the time trying to bring him back when that same time might be spent toward a promising/youthful candidate…
    Let’s move on…

  50. Does that mean Sweezy is a starter until Moffitt is ready?

  51. SandpointHawk says:

    Start Satire Font:…Well my Bolt post was tongue in cheek friends. But that said lets try him standing in the end zone returning kick offs. He has always started slow out of the blocks but his reaction time is unparalleled to say the least. Don’t ever forget a cat named Bob Hayes…Of course Bolt is already worth 11 million and change and living in Blunt Town Jamaica, so why would he want the aches and pains of the NFL?

  52. SandpointHawk says:

    One of the most amazing things (IMHO) that proves the franchise has turned itself around is that teams are going to pick up our cut players.

  53. I think the top 5 WR will be:
    1)Rice, 2)Baldwin, 3)Tate, 4)Edwards, 5)Butler

    Who knows on #6, personally I am fine with Obo, ST stud, good hands, can play all the positons etc.

  54. SkeleTony says:

    Damn. I liked Sutton. But then again there are a million ex-players who looked good in preseason…

    Glad the silly TO experiment is over. Guy was overrated in his prime and now he is absolutely worthless.

  55. Agree, flea – Lutui and Barron could both end up starting in AZ for opening day.

    Lutui cut suggests Sweezy is for real.
    Roy lewis cut says Lane, Adams, and Maxwell are all in the hunt for roster spots.
    Morrah’s cut suggests injury issues. He’s too talented.

  56. Surprised at e Luthuli move this early but whatever

  57. raymaines says:

    The NFL isn’t very tolerant of 7th year players who have not yet developed into something special, and “Special Teams” doesn’t count.

    We can debate the value of ST’s, but the reality is that young line backers and d-Backs can do almost as well for half the money. I think the Obo Era in Seattle is over in another week.

  58. it’s done!

  59. nonstopjoe says:

    Another would-be Seaturkey bites the dust.

  60. I bet I get the last word on this particular blog entry, and that word is YEAH! Good riddance…

  61. ruminator1 says:

    Sorry he wasn ‘t able to show enough to get a longer look. I think he can still get separation and I think he could have made many big plays. Wish him well. I admit I am very curious about the conversation he and PC had on the sidelines and wonder how much it affected his artus here.

    On TJ –I was pleased to read the many positive comments. He does not seem a good frontline option. But he did have a positive year, he played tough and much as I hated his tendency to telegraph and to hold on too long. I admired his courage and his attitude. I hope this trade ends the really stupid bashing some folks provided ad naseum.

  62. bbnate420 says:

    TO was, “overrated in his prime”???????

    Even if you don’t like the guy, his numbers are undeniable. Sure fire hall of famer. Nobody without the last name of Rice or Moss has numbers that quite stack up with TO’s.

    How fast Bolt would run the 40 depends on whether it was hand-timed or electronic. 40s in the NFL are mostly hand-timed and none are completely electronic. A completely electronic time is one where the time starts when the runner removes their hand from a sensor on the ground and ends when they pass a sensor at the finish line. With this timing method, even Olympians don’t run faster than a 4.4. Don’t know whether Bolt has even run one of these.

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