Final cuts are due today by 6:00 PM Pacific (the time was previously reported as 1:00). I’ll update this post as the names are released, but it’s hard to know when that might happen, it could be five minutes from now, later tonight, or as late as sometime tomorrow.
In the meantime, it looks like a few ex-Seahawks have been cut by their new teams. QB Seneca Wallace and OL Steve Vallos were cut by the Browns and Eagles, respectively, and WR Isaiah Stanback was released by the Giants (granted, he never made a final roster, but he went to camp with Seattle twice).
And on a vaguely related note, an alert reader informed me earlier today that Matt Hasselbeck recently put his home in Bellevue up for sale. As it turns out, quarterbacking can earn you some pretty sweet real estate.
UPDATE, sort of (1:20): There’s still no news yet on the Seahawks’ roster cuts, but WR Deion Branch has been released by the Patriots. He was due $925,000 for the 2012 season with an additional $150,000 available as a workout bonus. Last year Branch was only Brady’s fourth favorite target after Wes Welker, Rob Gronkowski, and Aaron Hernandez. Nobody wants to pay a cool million to keep a fourth-stringer on the roster.
UPDATE (2:43): The first actual cut by the Seahawks has been announced: WR Kris Durham is now a free agent. Durham played second fiddle to A.J. Green in college, but in the limited opportunities he got he was an effective, smart receiver who consistently made great plays on the ball despite the scattershot accuracy of Georgia’s quarterback. Unfortunately, Durham was placed on injured reserve before he could do much of anything with his rookie season, and when he returned to the field for this year’s camp and preseason he just wasn’t the same player anymore. Still, he’s young and could eventually get his groove back, so he’s a definite possibility for the practice squad.
UPDATE (9:37): The rest of the final cut list has been released. Here’s the players who are no longer on the active roster:
|DB Phillip Adams||C Kris O’Dowd|
|DB DeShawn Shead||G Paul Fanaika|
|DE Pierre Allen||G Rishaw Johnson|
|DE Cordarro Law||QB Josh Portis|
|LB Allen Bradford||TE Sean McGrath|
|LB Kyle Knox||WR Deon Butler|
|LB Korey Toomer||WR Kris Durham|
|–||WR Jermaine Kearse|
|–||WR Ricardo Lockette|
|–||WR Lavasier Tuinei|
|RB Vai Taua||TE Cooper Helfet|
|LB Matt McCoy||–|
Adams, Johnson, and McGrath are the three most surprising cuts on the list. Adams played well, particularly in the nickel position, Johnson seemed to be a favorite of the coaching staff, and McGrath is a decent blocker and a reliable receiver. All three are also eligible for the practice squad, which always gets factored in to these decisions.
I rather liked Knox, Taua, and Tuinei. Knox and Tuinei are still rough around the edges and may get a shot at the practice squad. Taua appeared to injure his leg either towards the end of the third quarter or the beginning of the fourth last night; there’s been no word on how serious the injury is, but his being waived with an injury settlement is not a good sign.
Allen, Law, Butler, Lockette, and Helfet were all guys who did some great things at various points in camp, but weren’t able to sustain that level of production over the long haul. O’Dowd was only brought in as a camp body (Jeanpierre had a pulled groin at the time) and never had a real shot at making the final roster. Kearse was injured for most of camp and the preseason. Fanaika, Shead, and Toomer never showed that they could play at anything above the level of a mediocre backup.
McCoy was never able to practice for all of training camp and the preseason, so it’s no surprise to see him join LB Jameson Konz and TE Cameron Morrah on IR. OL James Carpenter was activated off the PUP list, but CB Walter Thurmond is still on it. T Allen Barbre is suspended for the first four games of the year, so for now he’s still technically part of the team without counting against the 53 man roster limit.
I’ll put up a post detailing the 53 man final roster later. In the meantime, are there any players you were surprised to see get cut?