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Roster roulette continues
A new kicker – make that another new kicker. A couple of new defensive tackles and another offensive tackle. Oh yeah, and six players signed to the practice squad.
Just another day at the office, especially when that office belongs to Seahawks general manager John Schneider and it’s Sunday of cut-down weekend in NFL.
That’s what came down at Virginia Mason Athletic Center, as the Seahawks were awarded four players off waivers: kicker Steve Hauschka (Broncos), D-tackles Landon Cohen (Patriots) and Al Woods (Buccaneers) and O-tackle Jarriel King (Giants).
Each was waived on Saturday, when NFL teams had to trim their 80-man preseason rosters to 53 players heading into this week’s regular-season openers – when the Seahawks will play the NFC West rival 49ers in San Francisco.
To clear roster spots for the waiver additions, the Seahawks waived four players: kicker Jeff Reed, who had been signed on Aug. 3 to compete with since-released Brando Coutu for the job that opened when veteran Olindo Mare signed with the Carolina Panthers in free agency; defensive tackle Junior Siavii, who started six games on the injury-ravaged line last season after being signed in September; rookie defensive tackle Pep Levingston, a seventh-round draft choice; and linebacker David Vobora, the former St. Louis Ram who was “Mr. Irrelevant” in the 2008 NFL Draft and had been signed Aug. 22.
The Seahawks also signed six players to their eight-man practice squad: defensive end Maurice Fountain,
who spent time on the practice squad last season; linebacker/defensive end Jameson Konz, a seventh-round draft choice last year who spent his rookie season on injured reserve; safety Josh Pinkard, who also spent time on the practice squad and active roster last season; wide receiver Ricardo Lockette; guard Brent Osborne; and wide receiver Owen Spencer.
All had been waived on Saturday, except Osborne, who was released last week on the cut to 80 players. Levingston, who had a team-high 2 ½ sacks during the preseason, is a candidate to join the practice squad, if he clears waivers.
As for the newest players:
Cohen (6-3, 300) has played in 24 games, with five starts, since being a seventh-round draft choice by the Lions in 2008. He played two seasons in Detroit, starting four games and registering 21 tackles in 2009. He was claimed off waivers by the Jaguars in 2010, and played in two games before being waived in November. He signed with the Patriots last Dec. 22 and played in four games. He was waived on Saturday.
If Hauschka’s name sounds familiar, he kicked a game-winning 52-yarder for the Broncos in their third preseason game against the Seahawks. He signed with the Vikings as an undrafted rookie in 2008, but was waived and spent two seasons in Baltimore, hitting 10 of 15 field goals – including 54-yarder on his first NFL attempt. After spending from late December of 2009 to mid-August of 2010 with the Falcons, Hauschka (6-4, 210) was on the Lions’ practice squad for two games in 2010, when he also kicked for the Las Vegas Locomotives of the Arena League. He signed with the Broncos last December, hitting 6 of 7 field goals attempts, but was waived on Saturday.
Woods (6-4, 307) was a fourth-round draft choice by the Saints last year, but got released before the season. He then signed with the Buccaneers and played for Todd Wash, the Seahawks’ first-year defensive line coach. Woods played in nine games last season and had 17 tackles.
King (6-5, 317) signed with the Giants as a rookie free agent in July, but was waived on Saturday.
They will join the rest of the team on Monday, when the players return from having two days off to start preparing for the 49ers.