Musical Chairs – Seahawks Have Personnel Decisions To Make

PUP Roster Moves

Curry’s gone, the PUP players are eligable to return, so what I ask will the Seattle Seahawks Roster look like next week?

When I tell people we have 3 guys on the PUP list, I always get the same question: “What’s the PUP List?”  PUP stands for physically unable to perform.  It’s different from having a standard injury, and I’ll tell you why.  When a player is put on the PUP list, he is not available to the team until week 7 at the earliest.


The big thing about it is that the players on the PUP list don’t count against the team’s roster.  So with Roy Lewis, Cameron Morrah, and Deon Butler currently on the PUP list, there are 3 extra players allowed on the Seahawks until they come back.

With Aaron Curry traded to Oakland, that opens 1 spot, leaving 2 moves minimum to be made.  These are my thoughts and predictions on what should happen next.

First move: Cameron Morrah in for Anthony McCoy

The Seahawks carried extra TE’s this year presumably for the very reason it worked out – John Carlson went down for the year and Cameron Morrah was put on the PUP list.  However, when Morrah comes back and is ready to play, the first move I’d make is getting rid of Anthony McCoy.  I know he’s a USC boy and Carroll likes him, but he has been a dud all season.

Take last week for example.  McCoy was targeted 6 times and only caught one pass.  He dropped wide open passes in the middle of the field with room to run.  That is not acceptable, especially when we’re becoming short-handed at the position.

When the Seattle passing game is finally coming together and someone is getting open looks, it is counter-productive to ruin opportunities like that.

Second move: Roy Lewis in for Richard Sherman

The Seattle secondary, although solid, has been missing what many fans feel is an important part.  The missing piece in question is cornerback Roy Lewis.  The ex-Husky has played clutch for the Seahawks and he would be a no-brainer upgrade to rookie Richard Sherman.

Seahawks fans can't wait for Roy Lewis' return

I am a big fan of developing young talent, but after the Victor Cruz touchdown last weekend in New York, Sherman should’ve been cut after the game.

Like I said in my MMQB, Sherman stood there as Kam Chancellor made a huge leap to deflect the pass intended for Cruz, who still grabbed the ball one-handed and ran it in for the score.

Sherman didn’t budge as Cruz made the play.

Third move: The last wide receiver spot

With WR Deon Butler coming back eventually, it really causes a stir in the receiving corps.  With Kris Durham basically taking Butler’s spot on the roster and Ricardo Lockette on the practice squad, it begs the question, who’s staying and who’s going?

Here’s what I would do.  First, I would dangle Golden Tate as trade bait.  Like Curry, he may be of value to another team, as he has done jack for the Seahawks.  He showed up during the preseason and has done a whole lot of nothing during the regular season.  There’s where Butler would slide in.

Additionally, though, I would make one more move.

I know Pete Carroll is a big fan of big, tall players.  Take our secondary and our starting wide receivers for example.

And I know he’s a rookie as well, but I would make a rookie switch and either get rid of Kris Durham or send him to the practice squad and bring up Ricardo Lockette.

Lockette can’t do anything less than Durham has, and I just think he has more potential than Durham.

I don’t dislike Durham, but I have been impressed with Lockette’s work ethic and dedication to getting better while on the practice team.

He should get a shot and see what he does.

That is my 2 cents, though.  What do you think?

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  • Redzone59

    Dump Butler.. He is and never will be physical enough. Hang him out there as trade bait. Keep Golden because he is improving.. 


    Roy Lewis for Richard Sherman at cornerback??? You must be kidding me!!! Sherman may be the most productive NFL Rookie corner in the game by the end of the season. Theres no way I would take him out and put Roy Lewis in…

    • lol Yeah, like Q said…I wrote this in October. And after I watched him allow Victor Cruz to highlight reel us, even though we won. I like the guy now, but he had a rocky start.

  • Anonymous

    Krissy. This article was written in mid October.

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