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Category: Cuts and waivers

Aug.
6th

Hawks cut TE Palmer, add DT Parker

The Seattle Seahawks released tight end Michael Palmer on Tuesday. With the vacant roster spot, Seattle signed defensive tackle Martin Parker.

Parker initially signed as an undrafted rookie free agent with the New York Giants on July 28, 2011. He spent the Giants Super Bowl-winning 2011 season on injured reserve. Parker did not play in a game last season and was released by New York on February 6.

Palmer signed with Seattle on July 23. The Seahawks now have seven tight ends on the 90-man roster, and eight players capable of playing defensive tackle.

July
28th

Hawks cut WR Veltung, sign RB Holley

The Seattle Seahawks announced that the team has signed running back Ray Holley this morning. Holley will wear No. 30.

University of Idaho receiver Justin Veltung was released to make room for Holley.

Holley, a Louisiana Tech product, initially signed as an undrafted rookie free agent in April with Baltimore, but was released by the Ravens on May 5.

At 5-8 and 194 pounds, Holley finished 2012 with 142 carries for 740 yards and seven touchdowns, including an 83-yard run. Holley averaged 5.2 yards per carry.

Holley ran a 4.56-second, 40-yard dash at his pro day.

July
23rd

Hawks release SS Polk, sign TE Palmer

Atlanta Falcons tight end Michael Palmer (81) runs through drills before an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Atlanta Falcons tight end Michael Palmer (81) runs through drills before an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

The Seattle Seahawks announced this morning that they have cut undrafted rookie free agent strong safety Ray Polk. The University of Colorado product was one of six safeties on Seattle’s roster.

With the vacant roster spot, the Seahawks added tight end Michael Palmer, giving the team seven tight ends at one of the thinnest position groups on the team in terms of experience.

Palmer, 25, played in 43 games with five starts over the last three seasons for the Atlanta after joining the team as an undrafted rookie free agent on April of 2010.

During his time with the Falcons, Palmer finished with 21 receptions for 123 yards and three touchdowns.

In May, Palmer signed with the New York Giants as an unrestricted free agent, but was released on May 29.

Palmer give Seattle some experience at tight end. Until the addition of Palmer, starter Zach Miller was the only player among Seattle’s tight ends with a catch in the regular season. Seattle now has seven tight ends on the roster heading into the beginning of training camp on Thursday.

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July
11th

Hawks cut WR Charly Martin

Oakland Raiders defensive back Bryan McCann defends a pass intended for Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Charly Martin in the second half of a preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012 in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
Oakland Raiders defensive back Bryan McCann defends a pass intended for Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Charly Martin in the second half of a preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012 in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

The Seattle Seahawks made two roster moves this afternoon, releasing veteran receiver Charly Martin, and claiming long snapper Kyle Nelson off of waivers.

Martin, 29, totaled four receptions for 42 yards in 2012. He finished last season on the injured reserve with a calf issue. Martin faced long odds making Seattle’s roster in a stacked receiver group.

The Seahawks now have 13 receivers on the team’s 90-man roster.

Nelson was released by San Francisco. A New Mexico State product, Nelson appeared in six games for San Diego as a rookie last season. The second-year pro will provide competition for Seattle incumbent long snapper Clint Gresham.

May
29th

Hawks add TE Anthony McCoy to IR, sign local product WR Greg Herd

Eastern Washington receiver Greg Herd (3) runs the ball against Sacramento State during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash. (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Tyler Tjomsland)
Eastern Washington receiver Greg Herd (3) runs the ball against Sacramento State during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash. (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Tyler Tjomsland)

The Seattle Seahawks announced a couple roster moves this afternoon. Seattle released wide receiver Matt Austin and signed Eastern Washington University product and Tacoma native Greg Herd.

Austin, who signed with Seattle on May 10, was released with a “left squad” designation.

Injured tight end Anthony McCoy cleared waivers and was added to the team’s injured reserve list.

Seattle also released offensive lineman Jordan Roussos and claimed defensive tackle Michael Brooks (Lions) off the waiver wire.

Herd, a product of Steilacoom High, participated in Seattle’s local pro day in April at the VMAC. At 6-3 and 200 pounds, Herd initially signed as an undrafted rookie free agent with Dallas after the draft, but was released on May 13.

Herd played four seasons at Eastern Washington, starting 22 of 47 games played. Herd finished second on the team in receptions his senior season with 66 catches for 952 yards and seven touchdowns.

At 6-3 and 295 pounds, Brooks appears to be a candidate to play 3-tech for the Seahawks. The East Carolina product finished with 35 tackles and two sacks his senior season.

May
20th

Confirmed: Josh Portis arrested for DUI; RB Christine Michael Signs

Seahawks quarterback Josh Portis is running out of lives.

First reported by Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times, the third-year pro was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol on May 5. Portis has an arraignment hearing scheduled at the Redmond courthouse scheduled for May 28.

According to the police report, a Washington State Patrol officer pulled Portis over at 9:26 p.m. on May 5 after observing him driving 80 miles per hour in a 60-mile-an-hour zone exiting the Mount Baker tunner heading eastbound on Interstate 90 in a 2008 Range Rover.

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May
14th

Hawks waive CB Fenner, claim LS Steiner

The Seattle Seahawks announced today that the team waived/injured cornerback Chandler Fenner and claimed long snapper Adam Steiner off waivers (Oakland).

Steiner signed as an undrafted rookie free agent with Oakland on April 29 after snapping four years at the University of Akron.

Seattle’s current long snapper, Clint Gresham, is due to make $1.323 million in base salary in 2013.

Fenner signed to Seattle’s practice squad on December 6, 2012.

May
13th

Hawks release LB Buchanon, sign TE Marshall and DE Mayowa

The Seattle Seahawks announced this afternoon that they released linebacker Ramon Buchanon, and signed tight end Victor Marshall and defensive end Benson Mayowa.

Marshall and Mayowa recently attended the team’s rookie minicamp as tryout players.

Marshall is a local product out of Juanita High School in Kirkland. He caught 40 passes in 2009 while at Simon Fraser University, and had 10 receptions in 2010 for the University of British Columbia.

At 6-4 and 235 pounds, Marshall ran a 4.66 40-yard time and posted a 32-inch vertical jump at the NFL regional scouting combine in Los Angeles in January.

Mayowa played in 45 career games at Idaho, collecting 67 tackles (47 solo), 11.0 sacks, 11 forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries during his four-year career for the Vandals.

At 6-3 and 236 pounds, Mayowa also was one of the top testers at the NFL regional combine at the team’s facility in March. He ran the 40 in 4.65 seconds and had a 38-inch vertical jump.

Buchanon was signed on May 10 after agreeing to terms after the NFL Draft on April 27.