A day after setting their initial 53-man roster, the Seahawks finalized a trade for Pro-Bowl defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and re-signed backup quarterback Geno Smith. The moves continued Monday with the Seahawks bringing back two more players released on Saturday, receiver Jaron Brown and fullback Nick Bellore. As things stand now, the Seahawks have 25 offensive players and 25 defensive players, plus three specialists. Ten rookies made the roster, including nine draft picks—Seattle’s other two draft picks, guard Phil Haynes and defensive tackle Demarcus Christmas, open the year on the physically unable to perform list—and one undrafted free agent, defensive tackle Bryan Mone. The team's initial 10-man practice squad is also set.
Keeping in mind that things can change between now and the season opener, here’s an updated position-by-position look at the initial 53-man roster following Monday’s moves:
Quarterback (2): Russell Wilson, Geno Smith
A day after releasing Smith to temporarily free up a roster spot, the veteran quarterback was re-signed to give the Seahawks their most experienced backup behind Russell Wilson since Tarvaris Jackson. Smith enjoyed a strong camp and preseason to beat out Paxton Lynch, highlighted by a standout performance in Thursday’s preseason finale.
Running Back/Fullback (5): Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny, C.J. Prosise, Travis Homer, Nick Bellore
Carson and Penny were locks all along, while Prosise made a strong push late after returning to health, playing very well in Seattle’s final two preseason games. After initially releasing fullback Nick Bellore, the Seahawks brought him back Monday, giving them a true fullback as well as a player who can help on special teams.
Receiver (7): Tyler Lockett, David Moore, DK Metcalf, Gary Jennings, John Ursua, Malik Turner, Jaron Brown
It turns out the surprise move to release Brown was only temporary, as he was re-signed Monday, giving the Seahawks another experienced veteran along with Lockett. Seven receivers is a higher-than-usual number, but with Moore expected to miss some time with an arm injury, and with Metcalf's Week 1 status still in question, extra depth might be necessary.
Tight End (2): Will Dissly, Nick Vannett
Jacob Hollister’s release was somewhat of a surprise, though he's back with the team on the practice squad. Ed Dickson was initially on the 53 but has since been moved to injured reserve, a move that makes him eligible to return after eight games.
While two tight ends is a lower-than-usual number, the Seahawks do have George Fant to play the hybrid sixth lineman/big tight end role.
Offensive Line (9): Duane Brown, Mike Iupati, Justin Britt, D.J. Fluker, Germain Ifedi, Ethan Pocic, Joey Hunt, Jamarco Jones, George Fant
Not a lot of surprises at this group. The starting five was consistent throughout the offseason and at the start of camp prior to Iupati’s injury, and Pocic has been the starter at left guard since then. Fant will continue to serve as a backup tackle and big tight end, while Jones provides another quality backup option at tackle after missing his rookie season due to injury.
Rookie guard Phil Haynes opens the year on the physically unable to perform list.
Defensive Line (9): Jadeveon Clowney, Ziggy Ansah, L.J. Collier, Branden Jackson, Rasheem Green, Quinton Jefferson, Poona Ford, Bryan Mone, Al Woods
With the Clowney trade finalized, the Seahawks now have six defensive ends and three defensive tackles, including Mone, the only undrafted rookie to make the squad. While that might not seem like a lot of interior linemen, it’s worth noting that several players listed as ends, including Green, Jefferson and Collier, can also play inside, particularly on passing downs. The biggest surprise of Saturday’s moves was the release of Cassius Marsh, who was a starter for most of camp and the preseason, though that likely was going to change with Ansah’s return and the addition of Clowney.
Rookie defensive tackle Demarcus Christmas opens the year on the PUP list, while defensive tackle Jarran Reed opens the year on the reserve/suspended list.
Linebacker (6): Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright, Mychal Kendricks, Shaquem Griffin, Cody Barton, Ben Burr-Kirven.
The Seahawks had seven linebackers initially, but waived Austin Calitro to make room for Bellore's re-signing, a decision Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said was a difficult one. This might be the deepest and most talented Seattle has been at linebacker under Carroll and John Schneider.
Cornerback (5): Shaquill Griffin, Tre Flowers, Neiko Thorpe, Akeem King, Parry Nickerson
Releasing Jamar Taylor was somewhat unexpected, though the trade for Parry Nickerson, a second-year corner who started two games for the Jets last year, likely was the impetus for that move. Thorpe and King have been the top backups behind Griffin and Flowers all along, and King could also be an option for the nickel spot along with Nickerson and Ugo Amadi.
Safeties (5): Bradley McDougald, Tedric Thompson, Marquise Blair, Ugo Amadi, Lano Hill
This was one of Seattle’s deeper position groups, with quality players like DeShawn Shead and Shalom Luani missing the cut. While listed as a safety, Amadi also could be a factor at the nickel spot.
Specialists (3): P Michael Dickson, K Jason Myers, LS Tyler Ott
Those three have been locked into their jobs throughout camp and all are under multi-year deals, so no surprise here.
Take a look at the Seattle Seahawks' initial 53-man roster for the 2019 NFL season.