By Jarrod Patterson @J_M_Patterson on June 16, 2014
Few people would argue that the defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks have one of the deepest rosters in the NFL. Plus, they were one of the few teams this offseason without significant losses in free agency. Yet even still, there are a few big-name veterans whose time in Seattle could be coming to an end. Here are a few players who could be shown the door sooner than later.
Fullback Spencer Ware was drafted just last season (2013) by the Seahawks. While he's played well when healthy, Ware finds himself in the midst of an intense position battle with fellow fullbacks Derrick Coleman and rookie Kiero Small. Unfortunately for these three talented backs, there will likely only be one roster spot available at fullback this season. That means Ware could be forced to find a home elsewhere this season.
Farwell has definitely been an unsung hero for the Seahawks over the past several years. The 10-year veteran is a proven, capable backup, but more importantly, Farwell is a special teams ace. Unfortunately, this past offseason saw an influx of young talent to Seattle's linebacking corps, which will likely make Farwell expendable. Plus, with monster contracts handed out to Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas recently, every penny must be pinched.
This might be the easiest roster move to predict. Just weeks before the start of OTAs, the Seattle Seahawks traded a seventh-round draft pick to the Oakland Raiders for quarterback Terrelle Pryor. Pryor projects as Russell Wilson's backup in Seattle, at least for this season, with his cheaper contract and higher upside. Additionally, undrafted rookie Keith Price is on the roster for the time being, meaning Jackson will likely be released.
This will probably be an unpopular prediction, given Seattle's excitement over signing the future Hall-of-Famer. However, the Kevin Williams most fans remember is not the Kevin Williams arriving in Seattle. Father time is catching up to the former All-Pro, and while the Seahawks' intention is for Williams to be a rotational piece, young defensive tackles like Jordan Hill and Jesse Williams should eventually overtake the former Minnesota Viking.
When healthy, Sidney Rice may be the most physically gifted receiver in Seattle not named Percy. However, Rice failed to play a full 16-game season even once since signing with the Seahawks. In fact, that inconsistency led to his release earlier this year. Yet shortly thereafter, he re-signed with Seattle to a team-friendly one-year contract. With rookie WRs Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood now in the mix, Rice's return could be short-lived.
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