Seahawks Make Roster Moves To Establish Initial 53-Man Roster

The Seahawks made a series of moves Saturday to reach the 53-man roster limit. 


The Seahawks released or waived 21 players on Saturday to get the roster down to 53 players ahead of Saturday's deadline.

Notable among those players is linebacker Shaquem Griffin, the twin brother of cornerback Shaquill Griffin, whose inspiring story made him a fan favorite in Seattle and beyond. Another familiar name let go Saturday was Paul Richardson, a 2014 second-round pick and former starting receiver who signed with Seattle last week. Nick Bellore, the only fullback on the roster and a special teams standout last season, was also released.

In addition to the players being released or waived, the Seahawks also open the season with running back Rashaad Penny on the physically unable to perform list, and with tight end Colby Parkinson, cornerback D.J. Reed and defensive end Darrell Taylor on the non-football injury list.

As things currently stand, the Seahawks have 26 players on offense, 24 on defense and three specialists: punter Michael Dickson, kicker Jason Myers and long snapper Tyler Ott. And as always, it's worth remembering that the initial 53-man roster established on cut day can and usually does change prior to the season opener.

Five of the eight members of the 2020 draft class—linebacker Jordyn Brooks, guard Damien Lewis, running back DeeJay Dallas, defensive end Alton Robinson and receiver Freddie Swain—start the year on the 53-man roster, while two others remain on the team on the non-football injury list: defensive end Darrell Taylor and tight end Colby Parkinson. Tight end Stephen Sullivan, a seventh-round pick out of LSU, was the only draft pick to be waived, though he could be candidate to stick around on the practice squad if he clears waivers.

No undrafted rookies made the team this year, something that can in part probably be attributed to the lack of preseason games, which usually serve as the best way for young players to prove themselves.

Here is the full list of moves Seattle made to get down to 53 players:

Terminated Veteran Contract

  • WR Paul Richardson
  • FB Nick Bellore


  • T Tommy Champion
  • DT Demarcus Christmas
  • QB Danny Etling
  • WR Aaron Fuller
  • QB Anthony Gordon
  • LB Shaquem Griffin
  • WR Penny Hart
  • CB Gavin Heslop
  • DT P.J. Johnson
  • DT Cedrick Lattimore
  • WR Lance Lenoir
  • TE Tyler Mabry
  • S Chris Miller
  • DB Ryan Neal
  • CB Debione Renfro
  • DB Jayson Stanley
  • TE Stephen Sullivan
  • WR Cody Thompson
  • OT Chad Wheeler

Reserve/Physically Unable To Perform

  • RB Rashaad Penny

Reserve/Non-Football Injury

  • TE Colby Parkinson
  • CB D.J. Reed
  • DE Darrell Taylor


  • C/G Kyle Fuller

The Seahawks trimmed their roster to 53 on Saturday in preparation for the start of the 2020 regular season. Here's a numerical look at the roster as it stands today.

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