Seahawks: Seattle cuts eight players, swings deal with Cincinnati
It was a busy Monday for the Seattle Seahawks, who made eight of the 10 cuts necessary to get their roster down to the mandatory 80 players.
Seattle released receivers Pat Williams, Brandon Smith and Chris Carter (Who has since been re-signed); fullback Ryan Travis; guard Zach Hurd; cornerback Jesse Hoffman; linebacker Neal Howey; and defensive tackle Teryl White.
Among the notable cuts, Williams was plagued by a few bad drops in the preseason and took a bad penalty in the third game. Smith is an injury-prone speedster and never saw the field for Seattle. Chris Carter clearly wasn’t to be confused with the legendary wideout of the same name.
Hoffman saw limited duty at corner and struggled on special teams this preseason. White simply couldn’t penetrate the backfield enough even though he had plenty of opportunities. Maybe the most heartbreaking cut yesterday was linebacker Neal Howey. He showed a great motor and real work ethic but he was too easily blocked. Howey just doesn’t have NFL size.
The Seahawks have until Saturday to cut their roster from 80 down to 53 players.
The cuts weren’t the only transactions Seattle made yesterday.
The Seahawks traded cornerback Kelly Jennings to the Cincinnati Bengals for defensive tackle Clinton McDonald.
Jennings leaves his Seattle career widely viewed as a bust; he was a first-round pick in 2006.
He wasn’t big enough to match coach Pete Carroll’s preference for bigger corners.
The Bengals were fine with eating Jennings’ $1.835-million salary, as they needed a replacement nickel corner with Pacman Jones (neck) injured.
McDonald looks like he will be a depth/substitution guy on Seattle’s defensive line.
The 6’2”, 297-pound, third-year pro has been impressive so far in the preseason. (Personally I think the Seahawks would have taken Ronald McDonald for Kelly Jennings – KJR Twitter)