Seahawks make cuts to get to 53-man limit

  • Fri Aug 31st, 2012 7:03pm
  • Sports

By John Boyle

The Seahawks, like every team in the league, had to get their roster down to 53 players today, and they just released the list of cuts, which included a few minor surprises, but no huge names being cut.

The full list of moves is below, but first a few highlights.

—The Seahawks released QB Josh Portis, meaning they’ll go into the season with two quarterback on the roster (unless, of course, they add someone that was let go by another team, which is entirely possible).

—Guard James Carpenter, who is recovering from knee surgery, is on the active roster, not the physically unable to perform list. That comes on the heels of Pete Carroll speaking positively about Carpenter’s progress earlier in the week, and the fact that he’s not on the PUP list means the Seahawks think Carpenter will be back relatively soon (players on the PUP list are not eligible to return to action until after the sixth week of the season).

—Charly Martin getting (presumably) the last receiver spot over Deon Butler is a bit of a surprise, but nothing shocking if you watched the way Martin play in the preseason.

—Fifth-round pick Korey Toomer was Seattle’s only 2012 draft pick to miss the cut.

—RB Kregg Lumpkin making the cut was a bit of a surprise.


DB Phillip Adams

DE Pierre Allen

LB Allen Bradford

WR Deon Butler

WR Kris Durham

G Paul Fanaika

G Rishaw Johnson

WR Jermaine Kearse

LB Kyle Knox

WR Ricardo Lockette

TE Sean McGrath

C Kris O’Dowd

QB Josh Portis

DB DeShawn Shead

LB Korey Toomer

WR Lavasier Tuinei

DE Cordarro Law


TE Cooper Helfet

RB Vai Taua

Waived/Injury Settlement

DL Lazarius Levingston

Injured Reserve

LB Matt McCoy

Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform

DB Walter Thurmond


G Allen Barbre

So as of now, here is the Seahawks’ 53-man roster. But remember, the roster as it stands today will almost certainly look different by the time Seattle travels to Arizona next week. Thanks to improved talent and depth, Seattle’s post-cut-day roster churn won’t likely be as significant as it was the past two years, but a move or two seems inevitable.

QB: Russell Wilson, Matt Flynn

RB/FB: Marshawn Lynch, Leon Washington, Robert Turbin, Kregg Lumpkin and Michael Robinson.

WR: Sidney Rice, Doug Baldwin, Golden Tate, Braylon Edwards, Ben Obomanu, Charly Martin,

TE: Zach Miller, Kellen Winslow Jr., Anthony McCoy.

OL: Russell Okung, Paul McQuistan, John Moffitt, Max Unger, Breno Giacomini, Frank Omiyale, J.R. Sweezy, Lemuel Jeanpierre, James Carpenter.

DL: Chris Clemons, Red Bryant, Alan Branch, Brandon Mebane, Clinton McDonald, Bruce Irvin, Greg Scruggs, Jason Jones, Jaye Howard.

LB: K.J. Wright, Bobby Wagner, Heath Farwell, Leroy Hill, Michael Morgan, Malcolm Smith.

DB: Brandon Browner, Richard Sherman, Marcus Trufant, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Jeremy Lane, Chris Maragos, Jeron Johnson, Byron Maxwell, Winston Guy.

Specialist: P Jon Ryan, LS Clint Gresham, K Steven Hauschka.