The Seattle Seahawks cut their squad to a 53-man roster on Friday, August 31st waiving a few familiar names.
Among the top players cut includes wide receiver Deon Butler, Kris Durham, quarterback Josh Portis and tight end Cooper Helfet. Having two talented quarterbacks in Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson, the Seahawks felt the need to release Portis who backed up Tarvaris Jackson last year. Wilson, in his first year out of the University of Wisconsin, beat out free agent addition Flynn for the starting job after performing much better in their preseason games.
Other roster moves include:
Wide Receiver – Ricardo Lockette
Wide Receiver – Jermaine Kearse
Wide Receiver – Lavasier Tuinei
Linebacker – Korey Toomer
Linebacker – Allen Bradford
Linebacker – Kyle Knox
Cornerback – Phillip Adams
Cornerback – Walter Thurmond
Defensive End – Pierre Allen
Defensive End – Cordarro Law
Defensive End – Pep Levingston
Offensive Tackle – Paul Fanaika
Offensive Guard – Rishaw Johnson
Center – Kris O’Dowd
Tight End – Sean McGrath
Safety – DeShawn Shead
Running Back- Vai Taua
Along with these transactions, on Saturday the Seahawks released tight end Kellen Winslow from the roster. With Zach Miller on the roster Seattle did not need another veteran on the team at the tight end position. One thing that remains the same is Seattle moving in a direction of youth as they continue to get better for the near future.
With the final roster moves made, the Seahawks are ready for the start or the regular season when they go up against the Arizona Cardinals.