Seattle Seahawks Cut to 53-Man Roster With Release of Tight End Kellen Winslow

By Jake Coburn

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.

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