Seattle Seahawks Roster Cuts, Free Agency News and Notes

Every team in the NFL will have to cut their rosters down to 53 players by Saturday and some new faces will be seen in the Seahawks locker room as John Schneider and Pete Carroll bring in free agents off the street.

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Seahawks Sign Free Agent DE Anthony Hargrove

The Seattle Seahawks are still making moves with less than 48 hours to go from the kickoff of their 2011 campaign, signing free agent and former Philadelphia Eagle defensive end Anthony Hargrove. 

Hargrove broke the news himself per se via his Twitter account

 

And upon further investigation, NFL Network's Jason La Canfora found that Hargrove is all ready to go for Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers as well: 

 

Hargrove was signed to the Eagles after the lockout was lifted but was let go as part of their final roster cuts. The eight year veteran was also was part of the New Orleans Saints 2010 Super Bowl team, bringing a winning mindset to the team, likely serving a mostly backup role for the season. 

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David Garrard Not In Seattle Seahawks Plans, According To Pete Carroll

The Seattle Seahawks believe they're set at quarterback with Tavaris Jackson. That's it. That's the punch line. That's all you really need there really.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that head coach Pete Carroll is not going to pursue recently cut quarterback David Garrard. Because the Seahawks have Tavaris Jackson. Who else do they need?

Here are Tavaris's stats in the NFL: 20 career NFL starts, 58.7 completion percentage, 3,984 passing yards, 6.6 passing yards per attempt, 24 touchdowns, 22 interceptions, 76.6 passer rating, 535 rushing yards.

Here are Garrard's stats: 76 career NFL starts, 61.6 completion percentage, 16,0003 passing yards, 7 passing yards per attempt, 89 touchdowns, 54 interceptions, 85.8 passer rating, 1746 rushing yards.

Yeah I don't know guys. I think Garrard might be good, but I'm not sure if he's got the moxie that Pete Carroll wants. Tavaris Jackson's just got that upside you know? And that stuff is important to being an NFL player.

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Seahawks Cut K Jeff Reed, DT Junior Siavii, Sign K Steven Hauschka

The Seattle Seahawks continued to make the cuts on Saturday. Kicker Jeff Reed was the latest casualty. Reed was a great kicker with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he was cut during the 2010 season after missing over 30 percent of his kicks. The Seahawks decided to oddly part with him, even though Reed had been performing well in practice and had been making his kicks in the preseason.

To replace Reed, the Seahawks have signed journeyman kicker Steven Hauschka. Hauschka has a pretty good leg that can serve them well on kickoffs, but his performance in-game has always been inconsistent. It's a bit of a puzzling move to part with a proven product to favor an underachiever, especially in a crucial position.

What was perhaps even more surprising than Reed's dismissal was the departure of defensive tackle Junior Siavii, who seemed like he was pushing for a place in the Seahawks two-deep chart. The Seahawks probably must be banking on Alan Branch if they're willing to let Siavii go.

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Seahawks Claim OT Jarriel King & DL Al Woods Off Waivers

The Seattle Seahawks are doing some shopping, and waived football players are their targets of interest. The Seahawks found defensive end Leonard Cohen, and now Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times reports that they've added offensive tackle Jarriel King. King was an undrafted rookie on the New York Giants, and has fairly good size. In college with the South Carolina Gamecocks, he played both guard and tackle, and was expected to contend for the Giants starting guard spot before he was released. It's unclear where the Seahawks want him, but he does provide a decent versatile backup option on their roster.

Albert Elias of Elias Sports Management also let us know that the Seahawks also added defensive lineman Al Woods from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Woods was a top-notch talent from the LSU Tigers, but he was regarded as a constant disappointment in almost any place he played. Woods will probably be a backup who will try and give Seattle strength in their front seven depth.

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Seahawks Claim DE Landon Cohen on Waivers

As teams across the NFL scour the land for talented waiver claims and cut players, the Seattle Seahawks hope that they found some value in defensive end Landon Cohen, claimed on waivers according to NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora via twitter.

The 25 year old Cohen has spent the last season with the New England Patriots, and a bit with the Jacksonville Jaguars as well. He was a seventh round draft pick of the Detroit Lions in the 2008 NFL Draft, spending his first two years in the league playing there. He was a two time second team All-American out of Ohio University, and has 30 career tackles in the NFL, with no sacks, forced fumbles, interceptions, or deflected passes. Cohen will be used solely as a backup type player unless injury forces him onto the field.

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Seattle Seahawks Roster Cuts: 20 Players Cut to Make 53 Man Roster

The Seattle Seahawks have made their final roster cuts from training camp, letting go of a total of twenty players to cut the team down to 53 men. The 'hawks also made some injury moves to clear up some extra space after placing tight end John Carlson, wide receiver Isaiah Stanback and defensive lineman Jimmy Wilkerson on injured reserve. Carlson's torn labrum occured during practice in the middle of August, while Stanback's hamstring and Wilkerson's knee injury have placed them on the sidelines as well. Wide receiver Deon Butler (leg), cornerback Roy Lewis (knee) and tight end Cameron Morrah (toe) will be on the physically unable to perform list (PUP) to begin the season.

Players Cut By Position:

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Seahawks Part Ways With Tackle Will Robinson

The Seattle Seahawks have decided to let go of tackle Will Robinson, according to ESPN Seattle. Robinson is a fourth-year player and will have to seek employment elsewhere as the 2011 NFL season gets set to begin on Thursday.

Robinson spent last season with the Seahawks but did not see any playing time at all. He spent the year prior (in 2009) with the Washington Redskins and had similar difficulties, playing in only one game. For his career, Robinson has played in only one game and appears to be a journeyman in the NFL. The 26-year-old product out of San Diego State is still relatively young though and could make a name for himself elsewhere.

The Seahawks continue to make final changes as the 2011 season approaches, and the front office will have to make more decisions in the next few days. Seattle is scheduled to take on the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1 on Sunday, Sept. 8th. The game will start at 1:15 PT and will be available on FOX.

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Seattle Seahawks Will Trim Roster To 53 By Saturday

It's going to be the Wild West in free agency this week as every team in the NFL will have to cut their rosters to 53 players by 6:00PM Eastern on Saturday. The Seahawks have yet to announce any of their moves and will likely wait until after Friday night's matchup against the Oakland Raiders. It's a tough time for every club as they grudgingly release players that likely have a future in the NFL. It's a forgone conclusion for every team though, and there's sure to be a flurry of scoop-up signings of the approximately 860 new free agents by new teams. 

There are some really intriguing roster battles going on for the Seahawks right now, and safety is probably the closest race at the moment. The only 'locks' for the 53-man roster are Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor. Past that, Atari Bigby, recently signed as a veteran free agent, will have to beat out 5th round pick Mark LeGree, UDFA Jeron Johnson, and 2nd year player Josh Pinkard.

On the other hand, the Hawks will most likely be looking at defensive linemen that find themselves on waivers today or tomorrow to bolster their limited depth there. 

Last year, the Seahawks picked up key free agents during this tumultuous time, including FB Michael Robinson, DT/DE Junior Siavii, and DE Raheem Brock. Stay tuned.

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John Clayton Refutes Own Rumor Of Golden Tate's Possible Departure

ESPN football analyst John Clayton went on the "Brock and Salk" radio show on ESPN 710 AM Seattle Thursday to talk some shop with the boys, but also nip an unfortunate rumor in the bud that the Seattle Seahawks could possible cut Golden Tate from the regular season roster. 

Clayton originally stated on the "Kevin Calabro Show" that the Seahawks have a very similar receiver in Doug Baldwin, who could basically step in and take Tate's job for much less money. That caused a bit of a stir up in the great Northwest, causing Clayton to rebut his own statements: 

"I was kind of wondering about Golden Tate," Clayton said, "but now it's pretty well cleared up that he's going to make the team."     

Clayton's 'kind of wondering' made many a Seattle fan a bit nervous, especially considering Tate was a second-round pick. Head Coach Pete Carroll will undoubtedly have a lot of use for Tate, especially with the addition of Sidney Rice as the number one target, possibly giving Tate more open opportunities. 

Full interview can be heard here.

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John Clayton Thinks That Seahawks Could Part Ways With WR Golden Tate

ESPN's John Clayton mentioned on Tuesday that the Seattle Seahawks could cut wide receiver Golden Tate, according to ESPN Seattle's Matt Pittman. With the season just weeks away, NFL teams are preparing their final rosters for the 2011 season and could make some surprising moves (in both signings and cuts).

Tate has had a relatively disappointing preseason thus far, recording only 24 receiving yards on four catches. He joined the Seahawks organization last year with big expectations when the team nabbed him with a second-round pick (60th overall pick) in the 2010 NFL Draft. Tate didn't live up to the hype, unfortunately, and had just 227 yards with zero touchdowns through 11 games.

According to Clayton, the Seahawks have a similar player in undrafted rookie Doug Baldwin and could use him as a replacement for Tate. Coach Pete Carroll, however, stated this offseason that he has plans to incorporate Tate into a bigger role of the Seahawks' offense this year. It would certainly be surprising if the Seahawks gave up on their second-round draft pick just one year in, but it's the NFL. Anything can happen.

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Mike Karney Visits Seattle Seahawks, Not Offered Contract

Fullback Mike Karney paid a visit to the Seattle Seahawks but leaves town without a contract, according to ESPN's John Clayton. The Seahawks may be waiting to analyze their current roster before they make Karney an offer, but at this point everything is speculation.

Karney is a seven-year veteran fullback, beginning his NFL career with the New Orleans Saints after leaving Arizona State University and being selected in the fifth round (156th overall pick) of the 2004 NFL Draft. He spent five years with the Saints, posting 394 total yards (rushing and receiving) and 12 touchdowns.

Karney spent the last two seasons with the St. Louis Rams and was seldom. He recorded  50 total yards from 2009 to 2010 with zero touchdowns and is looking for a new home as a free agent this year.

The Seahawks continue to tinker with their roster in the final weeks before the 2011 regular season. A move to acquire Karney would likely call for another move elsewhere on the roster.

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Seahawks Roster Cuts 2011: DT Jay Alford, S Rickey Thenarse Released

The Seahawks got their roster down to the required 80 players today by waiving defensive tackle Jay Alford and safety Rickey Thenarse. The Alford release is a a little surprising considering the lack of depth at the defensive tackle position, but it appears his attempts to come back from a knee injury haven't panned out quite yet. You may remember Alford's name because he got a timely sack on Tom Brady in Super Bowl XLII with less than a minute to go, to help preserve the Giants' win. He tore his MCL and partially tore his ACL in the 2009 preseason and hasn't been the same since. 

Thenarse is an undrafted free agent out of Nebraska that had hoped to catch on in special teams. He is a great competitor and a hard hitter but the Seahawks are simply too deep at safety at the moment with Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Mark LeGree, Jeron Johnson, Atari Bigby, and Josh Pinkard in front of him on the depth chart (not necessarily in that order) and that meant that him finding a roster spot was virtually impossible. 

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Mike Karney Set To Visit Seahawks Tuesday

Free agent fullback Mike Karney will visit with the Seahawks on Tuesday amid the team's attempt to pare the roster down to 80 players. Karney has visited the Hawks earlier this season as well -- he was brought in for a physical, which he passed, and expected to get signed but that didn't materialize. 

According to an article out of the Kent Reporter, Karney was told that the Seahawks still wanted to see what they had in their young fullbacks but that if those players didn't work out they'd give him a call. Karney said:

"They just converted a couple tight ends to fullback and want to see if they can give them more time. My meeting went extremely well. My physical went well. I think they just want to see if these guys can get it done. If they can't, I think I will be the first guy they call."

It would appear that the Seahawks weren't convinced by their young fullbacks (probably converted TE Ryan Travis, who was released yesterday), and now may believe that Karney is the answer. He is a former All-Pro fullback for the Saints and played well for the Rams as well during his seven year career. He's a local product, from Covington and he attended Kentwood High School so it would be a homecoming of sorts for the veteran if he were signed.

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Andre Gurode To Visit Seahawks On Tuesday

Free agent guard/center Andre Gurode is set to visit the Seahawks on Tuesday. Six teams called the recently released five time Cowboys pro-bowler, but Seattle is his first destination. According to John Clayton and ESPN, Gurode was cut on Monday because of a few factors, including his age (32), his steep salary ($5.5 million), the fact that he decided to have knee surgery late in the season and missed part of camp, and the fact that his backup, Phil Costa, has played well in his stead. 

The Seahawks have been decidedly bad on the offensive line this preseason and they may believe they need to bring in a veteran guard or center to bridge the gap until the young players on the line are ready. With Robert Gallery, left guard, the only veteran on the starting offensive line, assignments have been missed and the Hawks have given pressure on nearly every passing play. 

It's speculation at this point of course, but it would seem he'd be brought in to supplant Max Unger as starting center or to be a strong backup for guard/center. Time will tell.

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Seattle Seahawks Roster Cuts: Primer For Tuesday's 80 Man Deadline

The Seattle Seahawks have let go of eight of the ten players necessary to fulfill the 80 man roster cut. They still need to take two more guys out.

Here's a summary of the eight men already put back on the stream.

You don't know who these people are, and you'll never have to know about them again.

Right now, Seattle is at 82 players, and they still need to lose two more players. Who could they be? You'd have to guess CBs Byron Maxwell, Ron Parker, Kelly Jennings and Kennard Cox are all fighting to stay up there behind the two-deep. Third-string offensive linemen William Robinson, Lemuel Jeanpierre, and Brent Osborne all figure to factor in, as will linebackers Neal Howey, Michael Johnson and Mike Morgan.

But most of them will survive next week. It's the next cut they all have to worry about.

For the latest news, stay with our Seahawks roster cuts StoryStream. For more on the Seahawks roster moves, make sure to check out Field Gulls. 

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Seattle Seahawks Roster: 8 Cut Ahead Of Tuesday's Deadline

We're not at the difficult cuts yet, but Tuesday is an intermediate step. And as the deadline for the Seattle Seahawks to pare their roster down to 80 approaches, word of early cuts continues to roll in. These are not borderline players, nor are they players that were expected to make any kind of discernible impact this coming season. Instead, the players released this week provided a boost to the roster and bodies in camp.

With the speech out of the way, here are the players cut so far, courtesy of John Boyle.

The Seahawks have released Chris Carter, Jesse Hoffman, Patrick Williams, Neal Howey, Zach Hurd, Brandon Smith, Ryan Travis and Teryl White

The Seahawks are down to 82 now, and almost at compliance. Sometime in the next 24 hours, two more will be given their walking papers as the Seahawks wind their way toward a final roster of 53. The big cuts will come at that time, and provide much more fodder than these.

For the latest news, stay with our Seahawks roster cuts StoryStream. For more on the Seahawks roster moves, make sure to check out Field Gulls. 

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Seahawks Release WR Patrick Williams

The Seahawks have released WR Patrick Williams, per his agent. Williams was undrafted out of Colorado in 2009, signed on with the Packers as a free agent, and stayed on their practice squad all of that season. In 2010, he was released during final cuts and the Seahawks signed him to their practice squad, most likely because John Schneider was familiar with him and thought he could have potential. 

He had only one catch in this preseason so far -- albeit a very impressive one, but also had an untimely drop in the game against the Vikings that would have gone for a first down late in the game. Regardless, he faced long odds on making the team in the first place while going up against Mike Williams, Sidney Rice, Golden Tate, Ben Obomanu, Kris Durham, Doug Baldwin, Ricardo Lockette, and Chris Carter. He'll likely try to catch on with another team's practice squad and may be able to contribute somewhere if injuries pile up. He's a good athlete at 6'1, 204, and might have had a chance here if the Hawks WR corps hadn't added Rice, Durham, Baldwin, and Lockette this offseason. 

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Seahawks To Cut Roster To 80 Tuesday: Players On The Bubble

This will be a tough week for players, fans, and front offices alike.

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