The Seahawks didn’t make any trades Tuesday, when the NFL’s trade deadline passed at 1 p.m. Seattle time.
But the team made a few other moves.
Here’s a recap:
Seahawks release Willson
Clearing out a logjam at the tight-end position, the Seahawks on Tuesday released Luke Willson, though he might still stay with the team on the practice squad.
Willson was drafted by Seattle in the fifth round in 2013 and part of the team’s Super Bowl champion squad that year, emerging as a fan favorite along the way with an outgoing personality and helping coin the Techno Thursday practice theme.
Willson could sign now as a member of the 16-player practice squad, as players with any level of experience are eligible, meaning his release may not necessarily be the end of his time in Seattle, instead just taking on a different role.
Since Willson was released he does not go through waivers and he could re-sign to the practice squad at any time if each side chooses.
After playing for Seattle from 2013-17, Willson spent a year in Detroit in 2018, then returned to the Seahawks in 2019 following the trade of Nick Vannett to the Steelers. He re-signed as a free agent in the offseason and made the roster out of camp.
But the return to health of rookie fourth-round pick Colby Parkinson, who was activated to the roster Saturday, meant Seattle had five tight ends on its 53-player roster, and that didn’t figure to last long.
Seattle also needed to create two openings on its roster this week to fit in defensive ends Carlos Dunlap and Rasheem Green. Green is expected to come off injured reserve while Dunlap is now on the roster after his roster exemption was lifted Tuesday. Dunlap had on the exempt list the lasts week while going through the league’s COVID-19 intake protocol after being acquired in a trade with the Bengals. He is expected to practice for the first time Wednesday.
Seattle learned Monday that end Damontre Moore has been suspended for six games for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs opening one spot. Willson’s release creates another opening.
The news of Willson’s release Tuesday made clear the Seahawks were keeping Jacob Hollister, who has been the subject of a lot of trade rumors but can’t be traded now that the deadline has passed.
Seattle also has Greg Olsen and Will Dissly as its top two tight ends.
Willson, 30, had played just 10 snaps on offense this season and has not had a pass thrown his way, but he has 97 receptions for 1,208 yards and 11 touchdowns in his Seahawks career.
Receiver Dorsett has surgery
A day after coach Pete Carroll hinted that receiver Phillip Dorsett might need to have some work done on his foot, Dorsett posted a picture on Instagram of himself after undergoing surgery, stating “finally out of surgery” and “ready to attack this rehab.”
Dorsett has not played this season while dealing with a sore foot and has been on the injured reserve list since September.
ESPN’s Brady Henderson reported the surgery included removing bone spurs in the foot.
The hope is the surgery may allow Dorsett to return this season. He signed a one-year contract in the spring with the hope he could help fill the third receiver role.
Seahawks release Kendricks off practice squad
Seattle on Tuesday also released linebackers Mychal Kendricks and Michael Divinity off the practice squad.
The big name there is obviously Kendricks, who started 17 games for Seattle in the 2018 and 2019 seasons before suffering a knee injury Dec. 29.
The Seahawks signed Kendricks to the practice squad Oct. 21 with the thought that he could work his way back to the 53-player roster.
But since he signed, rookie Jordyn Brooks has returned to the lineup from a knee injury and started the past two games at weakside linebacker, with K.J. Wright at the strongside spot in the base and weakside in the nickel — the two spots Kendricks has primarily played (he got his starts for Seattle at the strongside position).
The moves open up two spots on the practice squad, one of which could go to Willson.
Divinity, a rookie out of LSU, signed to the practice squad Oct. 7.