The Seattle Seahawks had to get down to 75 players, so they got a little creative.
Actually, they weren’t so much creative as they just did everything possible to hang onto as many players as possible. Seattle had to reduce their number by six more players to get to the NFL-mandated numbers.
Veteran cornerback Will Blackmon and wide receiver Donavon Kemp are gone. Blackmon had a shot at making this team, but the Seahawks have one of the deepest secondaries in the league. Winning a spot on this talented defense was not going to be easy.
Four other players are staying … sort of. In unsurprising moves, wide receiver Percy Harvin, defensive lineman Greg Scruggs and cornerback Tharold Simon were put on the PUP list, while linebacker Korey Toomer was put on the reserve/non-football injury list. Basically, the ‘Hawks are stashing players for now and accepting the fact that the first three cannot play in the first six weeks of the season.
This isn’t a big deal since Harvin and Scruggs weren’t going to play anyway. With a deep secondary, Seattle is not desperate to rush Simon.
This strategy works for now, but there are bigger challenges ahead. Seattle has only a few days to cut 22 more players, and they can’t exactly put everyone on the injured list. Some players could be a practice squad, but they have to clear waivers first. This means that other teams will have the opportunity to grab some of Seattle’s depth.
One assumes that Pete Carroll has an idea about which players are going to make the team, but some spots may still be up for grabs. There is one more preseason game, and one more opportunity to make an impression.
It is crunch time for players on the bubble.