The Seahawks must cut their roster nearly in half, from 90 down to 53. What happens at backup QB now that Brett Hundley is in the fold? Will preseason standouts David Moore and Poona Ford crack the final roster?
SEAHAWKS MAKE ROSTER OFFICIAL
Seahawks Roster Watch
OFFENSEQB -- Started with: 4 | Now: 2
Austin Davis— Injured reserve Alex McGough
- Brett Hundley
- Russell Wilson
- Chris Carson
- Mike Davis
- J.D. McKissic
- Rashaad Penny
- C.J. Prosise
- Tre Madden
- Doug Baldwin
- Jaron Brown
Amara Darboh Cyril Grayson Jr. Marcus Johnson— Traded to IND
- Tyler Lockett
- Brandon Marshall
- David Moore
Keenan Reynolds Caleb Scott Damore'ea Stringfellow Malik Turner Kyle Carter
- Ed Dickson — Active/Non-football injury
- Will Dissly
- Nick Vannett
Tyrone Swoopes Clayton Wilson
- Darrell Daniels — Acquired from IND
Isaiah Battle (T) Willie Beavers (T)
- Justin Britt (C)
- Duane Brown (T)
- George Fant (T)
- D.J. Fluker (G/T)
Marcus Henry (C)
- Joey Hunt (C)
- Germain Ifedi (G/T)
Jamarco Jones (T)— Injured reserve
- Rees Odhiambo (G/T)
Skyler Phillips (G)
- Ethan Pocic (C/G)
Jordan Roos (G)
- J.R. Sweezy (G)
DEFENSEDL -- Started with: 13 | Now: 11
Ricky Ali'ifua (DE)
- Frank Clark (DE)
- Poona Ford (DT)
- Rasheem Green (DE)
Joey Ivie (DT)
- Branden Jackson (DE)
- Quinton Jefferson (DT)
- Nazair Jones (DT)
- Tom Johnson (DT)
- Dion Jordan (DE)
- Jacob Martin (DE)
- Jarran Reed (DT)
- Shamar Stephen (DT)
D.J. Alexander Emmanuel Beal
- Austin Calitro
- Shaquem Griffin
- Barkevious Mingo
- Bobby Wagner
Erik Walden— Injured reserve
- K.J. Wright
Maurice Alexander (SS)
- Kam Chancellor (SS) — Reserve/Physically unable to perform
- Delano Hill (SS)
Lorenzo Jerome (FS)
- Shalom Luani (FS) — Acquired from OAK
- Bradley McDougald (FS)
T.J. Mutcherson (FS)
- Earl Thomas (FS) — Reserve/Did not report
- Tedric Thompson (FS)
Elijah Battle Jeremy Boykins
- Justin Coleman
- Tre Flowers
- Shaquill Griffin
- Dontae Johnson —Active/Physically unable to perform
Akeem King Byron Maxwell— Injured Reserve Trovon Reed
- Neiko Thorpe
- Michael Dickson
- Sebastian Janikowski
Here is a position-by-position look at the Seahawks’ roster.
REPORT: SEAHAWKS RELEASING MAURICE ALEXANDER
The Seahawks are releasing safety Maurice Alexander according to a report from ESPN.
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The move comes as a little of a surprise after Alexander played some weakside linebacker in the preseason finale against the Raiders a spot where Seattle has no clear other players behind starter K.J. Wright and backup Shaquem Griffin. Wright may miss the Denver game after having knee surgery last week.
But Alexander may have been deemed expendable in the back end after the trade earlier in the day for Shalom Luani of the Raiders. Luani, Bradley McDougald and Tedric Thompson appear to be three of Seattle’s safeties with it unclear who the rest will be at the moment.
REPORT: DION JORDAN COMING OFF PUP LIST
Defensive end Dion Jordan is being activated off the PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) list by the Seahawks, according to a report from the NFL Network. Jordan has not practiced all preseason while dealing with a stress reaction in his leg.
But he has apparently made enough progress for Seattle to activate him rather than leave him on the PUP list, which would have meant missing at least the first six games. Whether Jordan is available week one against Denver may be another matter. But at the least the Seahawks see him being available early enough to not want him to miss at least six games.
Jordan was re-signed as a restricted free agent in the offseason and expected to compete for a starting job at left defensive end, the spot where Michael Bennett was the starter the last few seasons before being traded in March.
REPORT: SEAHAWKS WAIVING QB ALEX MCGOUGH
The Seahawks are waiving quarterback Alex McGough, according to a report from the NFL Network. That move is not a surprise at all after the Seahawks traded for Brett Hundley last week and made it clear he will be the backup.
The Seahawks are thought hoping to re-sign McGough to the practice squad assuming he clears waivers.
SEAHAWKS TRADE RECEIVER MARCUS JOHNSON TO COLTS FOR FORMER UW TIGHT END DARRELL DANIELS
The Seahawks have traded receiver Marcus Johnson to the Colts for tight end Darrell Daniels, the Colts announced.
Johnson appeared to be in a tough spot for making the Seahawks’ roster at receiver though he did make a few plays with 44 yards on three receptions in three games. He missed the last game with a hip injury suffered in practice.
Johnson was acquired from the Eagles as part of the Michael Bennett trade in March.
The addition of Daniels would seem to mean the Seahawks are going to keep four tight ends — Ed Dickson, Nick Vannett, Will Dissly and Daniels.
Daniels is the second player acquired today who is familiar with one of the Seahawks’ new coordinators. Daniels played last year with the Colts where new offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer was the quarterbacks coach. Earlier, Seattle acquired safety Shalom Luani, who played for Ken Norton last season.
Daniels also played some fullback for the Colts in the preseason and the Seahawks could view using him in several different roles.
REPORT: SEAHAWKS TRADE FOR FORMER WSU COUGAR SHALOM LUANI
The Seahawks have reportedly added to their secondary by trading with the Raiders to acquire former WSU Cougar Shalom Luani. That’s according to Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Luani was listed as a third-team safety by the Raiders and played against the Seahawks Thursday night but it appeared he wasn’t going to make the Raiders’ roster. Trading for him allows Seattle to get him without having to worry he’d get claimed on waivers by someone else first (waivers goes in order of the 2018 draft).
The move adds depth to a safety spot that is still without Earl Thomas and with Tedric Thompson’s status for the opening of the season unclear after he suffered rib and stinger injuries in the third preseason game against the Vikings.
Luani, a seventh-round pick in 2017 and 221st overall, has typically been a free safety, the spot where Thompson appeared to be the starter in place of Thomas before he was injured.
Luani played in all 16 games for the Raiders a year ago with 186 snaps on defense and 289 on special teams. And obviously he can fit right into Seattle’s scheme, which is essentially the same one he ran last year with the Raiders and now Seahawks defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr., who was Oakland’s DC last season.
What Seattle gave up is unclear.
REPORT: BYRON MAXWELL GOING ON INJURED RESERVE
Seattle cornerback Byron Maxwell is going on Injured Reserve, according to a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN. NFL rules state a player has to be on the team’s initial 53-man roster to be able to return later in the season, so Maxwell would apparently be done for the year. However, he could also reach an injury settlement and be waived and then potentially return to Seattle or another team down the road.
Maxwell missed all of the preseason with a groin injury. Seattle will apparently go with Dontae Johnson as the starter at right cornerback with rookie Tre Flowers as the backup for now.
ED DICKSON TWEETS HE’S READY FOR SEASON
The Seahawks apparently have gotten good news about one injured player with tight end Ed Dickson tweeting late Friday night “season:ready” which looked like a signal that he has been taken off the Non-Football Injury list.
Dickson, who signed a three-year contract in March to theoretically take over as Seattle’s starting tight end, missed all of camp and the preseason with a quad injury and what coach Pete Carroll also said was something else that aggravated it. But it looks like he’ll be ready to go for the Denver game Sept. 9 and his return also likely solidifies the tight end rotation. Nick Vannett and Will Dissly are assured of making the roster and with Dickson back Seattle appears to have its top three at that position.
D.J. ALEXANDER TWEETS GOODBYE TO SEATTLE
In the first apparent confirmation of a waiving by Seattle, linebacker D.J. Alexander tweeted Friday night that Seattle had been fun but that it’s “on to the next,” which seemed an obvious reference to needing to find a new team now.
Alexander was acquired in a trade with Kansas City last year for fellow linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis, sought after in part for his special teams ability — he made the Pro Bowl as a special teamer in 2016 with the Chiefs.
But he had trouble staying healthy, playing in 12 games last season before suffering a shoulder injury and then missing all four preseason games this year, apparently still due to the shoulder.
Alexander had been listed as a backup middle linebacker, a spot that will likely go to Austin Calitro, who has been listed as the primary backup all preseason behind Bobby Wagner and had a standout camp.
INQUIRIES MADE ABOUT EARL THOMAS?
Per this NFL Network report on Friday evening, “multiple teams” have approached the Seahawks about a trade for Earl Thomas, but so far none have met the Seahawks’ asking price. Here’s what this could mean for the Thomas-Seahawks stalemate.
SEAHAWKS KEEPING THEM WAITING
As of 3:30 p.m. Friday, the Seahawks had announced no new cuts or other roster moves. That’s not a surprise — the Seahawks always wait until the last minute if they can.
More of a surprise is that none had yet leaked. Often a few of the early ones do either through player tweets or leaks or agents letting it out, etc. But with nothing needing to be officially done until Saturday afternoon, maybe the Seahawks were taking more time than usual. Or maybe none of their moves had just gotten out.
A handful of teams have announced moves on Friday, mostly of that were on the lower reaches of their roster. No teams had announced all their moves.
One reason for the delay is that this weekend is handled a little differently. Usually, if a team sends in name of a player it has waived, other teams then have the next 24 hours to claim that player if they want. But during this weekend, waivers do not begin until 1 p.m. Saturday (Seattle time). The Seahawks are among the teams who’d rather give as little notice as possible to other teams about which players they may make available since they usually want to get at least 10 of them back on their roster on the practice squad, which can only happen if those players clear waivers.
The Seahawks also like the ability to know at least some of the other players who are going to be available before they officially make their moves.
So maybe there will be no big news for the Seahawks Friday. We’re still waiting.
KICKING THINGS OFF
So as of Friday at about 10:40 a.m. there had yet to be any news about cuts made by the Seahawks, or trades, or anything else.
Nothing has to be done or announced until Saturday at 1 p.m. — and trust us, the Seahawks will use all of that available time before making anything official — which is worth remembering. But a lot of stuff typically gets done on Friday.
It was a year ago on this day that the Seahawks made the trade for Justin Coleman and the trade for Sheldon Richardson, sending Jermaine Kearse to the Jets in the process of the latter deal.
So buckle up. We’re settling in for the long haul here and will pass along news as it comes, as well as instant analysis of any moves made.