Earlier today, Terrell Owens announced via his Twitter account that he didn’t survive the first round of cuts. Owens proved he is still as big, fast, and athletic as ever, but apparently catching just two passes in eight targets wasn’t enough to earn him another audition in the final preseason game against the Raiders.
No word yet on who else the Seahawks have released, but barring any more self-outings I wouldn’t expect to hear much of anything until tomorrow afternoon. The deadline for NFL teams to trim their rosters down to 75 players is Monday at one o’clock, and usually it takes a while for those cut lists to be released to the media.
UPDATE (2:58): Well, so much for waiting. Eleven more guys just joined Owens in the unemployment line: T Alex Barron, WR Phil Bates, T Edawn Coughman, ? Jameson Konz, DT Lazarius Levingston, CB Roy Lewis, CB Donny Lisowski, G Deuce Lutui, TE Cameron Morrah, CB Ron Parker, and RB Tyrell Sutton.
Coughman, Parker, and Lisowski were fringe guys with little to no chance of making the squad anyway, so no surprises there. Barron, Lutui, and Bates all looked great in camp, but in games either racked up too many stupid penalties (Barron and Lutui) or disappeared completely (Bates). Konz, Levingston, Lewis, and Morrah were all waived with injury settlements (the first three have knee problems, and Morrah has a nagging toe injury that bothered him all last season).
Sutton looked great in camp and the preseason, but so have Leon Washington, Kregg Lumpkin, and Vai Taua. Unless Darrell Bevell suddenly decides to add some six-RB formations to his offense, there’s only one roster spot left open for a RB behind Marshawn Lynch, Robert Turbin, and Michael Robinson. No matter what, the Seahawks were always going to have to let some solid ballcarriers go.
77 players are still on the roster, so the team still has two more cuts to make.