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Archives: Aug. 2013

Aug.
31st

Official: First look at 2013 Hawks 53-man roster

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons (91) participates during NFL football practice, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, in Renton, Wash. The Seahawks are scheduled to face the Washington Redskins Sunday in an NFC wild card playoff game. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons (91) participates during NFL football practice, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, in Renton, Wash. The Seahawks are scheduled to face the Washington Redskins Sunday in an NFC wild card playoff game. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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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Aug.
31st

Report: Seahawks make trade with Jags for DT Smith

Tom Pelissero of USA Today is reporting that the Seattle Seahawks have made a trade for Jacksonville defensive tackle D’ Anthony Smith.

Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union reports the Seahawks gave up a conditional draft pick to get the 6-2, 300-pound defensive tackle because they didn’t know if he would fall far enough on the waiver wire for the team to claim him.

The Seahawks need defensive line depth, with Brandon Mebane (groin), Tony McDaniel (groin), Michael Bennett (toe) and Jordan Hill (strained bicep) all dealing with injuries.

Still no word on the rest of the cuts, so stay tuned.

Aug.
31st

Antoine Winfield to retire

Antoine Winfield’s short tenure in Seattle apparently will come to a surprising conclusion. Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reports that the 36-year-old cornerback intends to retire.

Seattle head coach Pete Carroll confirmed the report via Twitter.

So the youth movement for the Seahawks continues. Walter Thurmond played so well during the preseason that he forced the team to make a decision, because he’s too good to leave on the sideline.

Also, young guys like Jeremy Lane and Byron Maxwell had to give Pete Carroll confidence that if Thurmond suffered yet another injury, the team had enough quality depth that could come in and play at a high level.

Aug.
31st

Report: Chris Clemons will be on active roster

Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports that the Seattle Seahawks will activate defensive end Chris Clemons from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list to the active roster.

The way Pete Carroll has talked about how far ahead Clemons is in his rehab from ACL knee surgery, this is not a surprise.

However, there is some risk involved. The Seahawks rolled the dice last year by starting offensive lineman James Carpenter on the active roster in his return from major knee surgery. And Carpenter ultimately finished the season on the injured reserve list.

But Carroll seems to believe that Clemons could be ready by Week 3 or Week 4 of the regular season. If Seattle left Clemons on the PUP list, he could not play until Week 7.

Aug.
31st

Report: Jaye Howard expected to be released

Pro Football Talk is reporting that according to a source, the Seattle Seahawks intend to release defensive tackle Jaye Howard.

If true, it’s somewhat of a surprising move, considering how many defensive linemen are dinged up heading into the first week of the regular season.

A fourth round selection by the Seahawks last year, Howard was a disappointment in his rookie season. However, Howard worked hard during the offseason, and appeared to be having a good training camp.

Also, I’ve been told that the Seahawks have not officially released veteran cornerback Antoine Winfield, although it remains a distinct possibility. So a decision on Winfield still needs to be made.

Eric Edholm of Yahoo Sports reports that fullback Derrick Coleman has made Seattle’s 53-man roster.

ESPN’s Josina Anderson is reporting that defensive tackle Sealver Siliga, acquired by the Seahawks in a trade for John Moffitt, has been released.

Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports tight end Darren Fells has been informed he will be released.

Quarterback Brady Quinn confirms that he has been released by Seattle.

Aug.
31st

Morning links: Winfield next one to go?

Good morning. With the Seattle Seahawks cutting down to 53 players, we will keep you up to date with all the transactions as we learn about them here.

And with Michael Robinson being released today, it appears the Seahawks will let another veteran player go.

According to Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports, the Seahawks plan to release veteran cornerback Antoine Winfield today.

With young corners like Jeremy Lane, Walter Thurmond and Byron Maxwell playing well, this move always was a possibility.

Add in the fact that the team can save $1 million by releasing Winfield, along with the idea that he’s not part of the long-term future of the team, and the move seems reasonable.

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Aug.
30th

Seahawks release fullback Mike Robinson

Seattle Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson reacts to this touchdown during the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Seattle Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson reacts to this touchdown during the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

One of the emotional leaders on the team, the Seattle Seahawks appear to have parted ways with fullback Michael Robinson, according to the player’s Twitter feed.

Robinson’s release is not official, but it is expected.

Robinson, 30, had missed the last two preseason games due to illness. And his $2.5 million in base salary would have made Robinson the highest paid fullback in the league.

Seattle has other options to use at fullback, including second-year pro Derrick Coleman and rookie Spencer Ware. The Seahawks also have used tight end Zach Miller at fullback at times when Robinson has been injured.

As Curtis Crabtree of KJR-AM notes, the Seahawks could sign Robinson after Week 2 if he’s still available to a non-guaranteed contract, therefore taking on less risk.

However, with the loss of Robinson and Leon Washington earlier during the offseason, the Seahawks’ veteran leadership is shrinking.

Aug.
30th

Morning links: Reaction to Hawks 22-6 win

Seattle Seahawks' Walter Thurmond, left, makes a one-handed interception of a pass intended for Oakland Raiders' Jacoby Ford (12), right, in the first half of an NFL preseason football game on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Seattle Seahawks’ Walter Thurmond, left, makes a one-handed interception of a pass intended for Oakland Raiders’ Jacoby Ford (12), right, in the first half of an NFL preseason football game on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Good morning. Roster cuts don’t have to officially be in until Saturday, but players could begin to get notified today. So we’ll post news the moment we hear rumblings of player cuts coming out of the VMAC today.

But for now, here’s a spin around the web on reaction from the Seattle Seahawks 22-6 win over Oakland in the team’s final preseason game of 2013, upping their winning streak to nine straight in exhibition games, dating back to 2011.

My game story focuses on the promising play of two players long on talent but short on production, cornerback Walter Thurmond and offensive lineman James Carpenter.

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