Reviewing the roster moves Seattle made Tuesday involving Tharold Simon, Will Tukuafu and more.
Today was the first chance for media to ask Seahawks coach Pete Carroll about a few roster moves the team made on Tuesday. Here’s what he said.
WAIVING THAROLD SIMON AND SIGNING NEIKO THORPE
The Seahawks essentially traded cornerbacks in waiving Simon — an oft-injured fifth-round pick in 2013 — and signing Thorpe, who has played with the Chiefs and Raiders but was a free agent after being waived by the Colts last week.
Said Carroll: “Well we had a chance to pick up a guy that we thought could help us more on special teams. We also saw that Neiko can play corner. We’ve got good looks at him. We’ve seen him over the years and thought that would help us.”
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Tuesday could hardly have been a bigger day for Thorpe. His second daughter, Nora, was born in Oakland and he also got a call from the Seahawks to come back to the NFL.
“That’s a big day right there, yes sir,” he said. “A day to remember.”
As for special teams, Thorpe said that has been something of a, well, specialty of his during his years in the NFL.
“Special teams opened up doors for me to be in this league so I never take special teams for granted,” said Thorpe, whose locker in the Seattle locker room is next to former Oakland teammate Dewey McDonald. “Anybody ever asks me who I am I tell them ‘I am a DB and I play on special teams.”’
As for Simon, he was claimed Wednesday by the Arizona Cardinals and could soon be suiting up for the team that may be Seattle’s biggest rival.
Richard Sherman, who several times said he thought Simon had a chance to be better than he is someday, said he talked to Simon after he was waived by the Seahawks. Simon was entering the final year of his contract and also had dealt with a number of health issues throughout his Seattle career,playing in just 11 games in three-plus years. He had been inactive on Sunday after missing one day of practice last week with a knee injury, though he was not waived as injured, indicating health was not a factor in his release.
“He’s fantastic,” Sherman said. “He understands that it’s a business. He looks forward to his next opportunity. He thanked us for everything we did. He looks forward to getting a chance to get back out there and show what he can do.”
SIGNING WILL TUKUAFU AND WAIVING TANI TUPOU
The Seahawks also essentially traded fullbacks in waiving Tupou, an undrafted rookie free agent who played at UW and Archbishop Murphy, and bringing back Tukuafu, who played with the Seahawks the last two seasons.
This was a not-unexpected move as the Seahawks brought back Tukuafu a week after releasing him for what were almost certainly salary-cap related reasons. Since Tukuafu was not on the roster in week one, Seattle does not have to guarantee his $760,000 contract for this season.
Said Carroll: “We’re going to bank on his (Tukuafu’s) experience. He’s been with us and he’s been through a lot. In protection, route running and just all of the things that [the fullback] position calls for. We took a look at a young guy last week [Tani Tupou] knowing that Will [Tukuafu] might be there for us and we’d want to go with the experience.”
One of the players happy that Tukuafu was back is running back Thomas Rawls, who will get his first start of the season Sunday against the Rams.
Asked about Tukuafu Wednesday, Rawls turned giddy.
“When he gets in the game, he breaks like 3-4 facemasks a game,” Rawls said. “So I’m excited he’s back in that backfield and it’s going to be a very special year for us.”