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Seahawks Make Three More Trades, Set 53-Man Roster

The Seahawks reached the NFL-mandated 53-player limit on Saturday afternoon with a series of roster moves.

After a summer full of practices and preseason games with 90 players on the team, the Seahawks trimmed their roster to the NFL-mandated 53 on Saturday afternoon, two days after wrapping up exhibition play with a 4-0 record for the first time since 2013 while fielding what head coach Pete Carroll has called "one of the deepest groups we've had."

To reach the 53-man limit, Seattle executed three trades on Saturday, all of which are conditioned on players passing physicals. The team sent defensive end Cassius Marsh to the New England Patriots for fifth- and seventh-round draft picks in 2018, dealt cornerback Tramaine Brock to the Minnesota Vikings for a 2018 seventh-round pick, and acquired offensive lineman Isaiah Battle from the Kansas City Chiefs for a seventh-round pick in 2018.

The Seahawks also waived 24 players, including last year's backup quarterback Trevone Boykin, a sign the job now belongs to Austin Davis. Additionally, Seattle waived/injured three players (waived/injured players will revert to a team's injured reserve list if they go unclaimed on waivers); placed three players on injured reserve, including left tackle George Fant and cornerback DeAndre Elliott; placed DeShawn Shead on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, meaning he'll be out for at least the first six weeks of the 2017 season; and terminated the veteran contracts of a trio of last year's starters in strongside linebacker Mike Morgan, defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin, and fullback Marcel Reece.

Here's a look at exactly how the Seahawks got from 90 to 53 players:


QB Trevone Boykin

T Darrell Brown

LB Rodney Butler

RB Alex Collins 

RB Mike Davis

CB Pierre Desir

WR Cyril Grayson

DT Tylor Harris

C Joey Hunt

DT Quinton Jefferson

WR Kenny Lawler

DT Jeremy Liggins

DT Greg Milhouse

WR David Moore

LB Kache Palacio

C/G Will Pericak

LB Otha Peters

WR Darreus Rogers

DT Garrison Smith

WR Rodney Smith

TE Tyrone Swoopes

T Tyrus Thompson

CB Mike Tyson

WR Kasen Williams


LB Christian French

CB Demetrius McCray

DT Rodney Coe

Terminated Veteran Contracts: 

LB Mike Morgan

FB Marcel Reece

DT Ahtyba Rubin

Departed Via Trade:

CB Tramaine Brock (Minnesota)

DE Cassius Marsh (New England)

Acquired Via Trade:

OL Isaiah Battle (Kansas City)

Placed on Reserve/PUP

CB DeShawn Shead

Placed on Injured Reserve

FS Marcus Cromartie

CB DeAndre Elliott

T George Fant

Placed on Reserve/Non-Football Injury

DE Dion Jordan

DT Malik McDowell

Saturday's flurry of roster moves came following a busy Friday afternoon for the Seahawks that saw the team announce two trades. The first sent receiver Jermaine Kearse to the New York Jets for defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson in a deal that also involved 2018 draft picks, while the second exchange brought in cornerback Justin Coleman from the New England Patriots for a 2018 seventh-round selection. Tight end Stevie Donatell was waived Friday to make room for Coleman.

On Sunday afternoon, the Seahawks and each other NFL team can begin forming their 10-man practice squads, which could potentially see some players return to the same club they parted ways with.

"A bunch of guys had great opportunities to show where they fit and what they can do in the league," Carroll said Thursday night at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. "And hopefully guys who can't make our team will have made a statement for themselves so that they will be able to hang on and play somewhere else if not here."

Labor Day will feature Seattle's new roster on the field at Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center for a "Bonus Monday" workout ahead of the team's regular-season opener against the Green Bay Packers. Kickoff for that matchup is set for 1:25 p.m. PT on Sunday, September 10 at Lambeau Field.

"There's a lot of real positive things and we're ready to take on the season," said Carroll. "We're ready. It happens to be an extraordinary opener going to Green Bay and all that, we'll see how that goes. We're ready for this."


A player-by-player look at the Seahawks' 2017 53-man roster following Saturday's roster moves.

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