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Seahawks Make Roster Moves, Establish 53-Man Roster

The Seahawks made a series of transactions Saturday to reach the league-mandated 53-man limit. 


The Seahawks made a series of roster moves to establish an initial 53-man roster Saturday.

The moves include a few surprises, including releasing all three backup quarterbacks behind Russell Wilson, implying more moves are forthcoming between now and Seattle's season opener against Cincinnati.

The Seahawks made a trade to acquire cornerback Parry Nickerson from the Jets, sending a conditional 2021 seventh-round pick New York. Nickerson, who is 5-foot-10, 182 pounds, was a sixth-round pick out of Tulane in 2018. He played in all 16 games last year, starting two, and recorded 21 tackles and one pass defensed. With Jamar Taylor being released, Nickerson figures to factor into the competition for the nickel spot along with Ugo Amadi and Akeem King.

The Seahawks also parted ways with several veterans who had prominent roles in the preseason, including receiver Jaron Brown, defensive end Cassius Marsh, cornerback DeShawn Shead and Taylor.

The Seahawks can and likely will make more moves between now and next weekend, so this is only a preliminary list of moves, but here are the moves that were officially made on Saturday to get the roster down to 53 players.

Terminated Veteran Contracts

FB Nick Bellore

WR Jaron Brown

DE Cassius Marsh

C Marcus Martin

DT Jamie Meder

DB DeShawn Shead

QB Geno Smith

CB Jamar Taylor


QB J.T. Barrett

WR Jazz Ferguson

TE Jackson Harris

T Will Holden

TE Jacob Hollister

LB Jawuan Johnson

WR Kahlil Lewis

S Shalom Luani

QB Paxton Lynch

RS J.D. McKissic

DT Earl Mitchell

WR Nyqwan Murray

T Elijah Nkansah

WR Keenan Reynolds

G Jordan Roos

TE Wes Saxton

RB Bo Scarbrough

DE Logan Tago

CB Simeon Thomas

G Landon Turner

RB Xavier Turner

T Brian Wallace

WR Terry Wright

LB Juwon Young


CB Jeremy Boykins

LB Justin Currie

Physically Unable to Perform

DT Demarcus Christmas

G Phil Haynes

Injured Reserve

G Jordan Simmons

Acquired via Trade

CB Parry Nickerson


DT Jarran Reed

Take a look at the Seattle Seahawks' initial 53-man roster for the 2019 NFL season.

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