Seahawks Roster Moves

Out with the new and in with the old. That appears to be the news in Seattle as the Seahawks traded second-year player and receiver Kevin Norwood to the Carolina Panthers on Monday and look to bring in former Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson. These moves, along with the initial wave of roster cuts, highlight the early week in Seattle.

Norwood had a busy day on Monday, at least in the cybersphere. Early reports had Norwood being among the first players cut by Seattle, but by the end of the day he had not been cut but actually traded. The Seahawks traded Norwood to the Panthers for an undisclosed 2017 draft pick, most likely a sixth- or seventh-rounder. Getting anything for Norwood is a good move. He was a good receiver at the University of Alabama, but lacked separation speed and was not a great fit. The fact that he now ends up being a wasted fourth-round draft pick from 2014 hurts more as Seattle is beginning to need younger depth as top players begin to get paid so much.

Fred Jackson as of this writing has not officially signed in Seattle, but he is expected to today. Jackson played with running back Marshawn Lynch in Buffalo, and still refers to Lynch as his “little brother.” Jackson is now 34 years old, so any contract he signs will not be long-term. Jackson, though, is a hard worker and does many things fairly well. He does not turn the ball over and is a good receiver. The phrase “jack of all trades, master of none” perfectly fits Jackson, but that is exactly what the Seahawks need in a backup to Lynch. If Jackson does sign, Christine Michael will probably be cut. Michael has explosive ability, but simply does not secure the ball well enough.

Other roster moves by the Seahawks yesterday included terminating the contracts of center Lemuel Jeanpierre and defensive tackle D’Anthony Smith. Players waived were OT Jesse Davis, CB George Farmer, WRs Deshon Foxx and Deontay Greenberry, CB Keelan Johnson, LB Quayshawn Nealy, DE Greg Scruggs and S Ty Zimmerman. Wived-injured were FB Brandon Cottom and CB Triston Wade. Finally, placed on PUP and unable to return for the first six games of the regular season were CB Jeremy Lane and WR Paul Richardson.

Also, let us hope that there is little substance to Peter King’s suggestion that Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III ends up as the backup in Seattle. He is too injury prone.