Charly Martin Released

Earlier today, the Seahawks released wide receiver Charly Martin.  It's presumed that the move was made in order to make room for cornerback Walter Thurmond, but Thurmond still hasn't been officially activated off of the physically unable to play list.

As much as I like the idea of having Thurmond available again, I'm a bit torn about cutting Martin.  He isn't the most talented receiver, but he has a nice feel for the slot position and he's a game blocker downfield.  That said, he's been inactive most games, and in the games he was active he only caught three of the six passes that targeted him (it should be noted that his total still puts him ahead of tight end Evan Moore, who has zero catches to show for his five targets).

Besides, with Doug Baldwin coming back from his high ankle sprain earlier than expected, wide receiver isn't as great a position of need as cornerback, and that goes double if Braylon Edwards' knee has healed enough for him to play.  The two main backup CBs on the Seahawks' roster are Marcus Trufant and Byron Maxwell, which should make any fan uneasy right now.  Trufant ended the year on injured reserve in two of his last three seasons, and Maxwell has a hamstring injury that has forced him to miss six games already.  Granted, Thurmond's track record with injuries isn't much better than theirs, but his coverage skills are far superior to those of the only other CB on the team, rookie Jeremy Lane.

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