Seattle Seahawks cut-down analysis

August, 30, 2014
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Most significant move: Releasing quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who didn’t do enough for the Seattle Seahawks to justify keeping a third quarterback on the roster, considering he would be inactive most of the time. This was the right call. Pryor cost the Seahawks a seventh-round draft choice to Oakland, but it was worth it to take a look at a guy who’s such an extraordinary athlete. In the end, Pryor was too inconsistent with his passing and his decision-making. It’s likely another team will sign him. The Seahawks also cut QB B.J. Daniels, but they probably hope to add him to the practice squad.

Going with youth: The Seahawks stuck to the usual formula of opting for talented young players over experienced older players. The team released nine-year veteran offensive tackle Eric Winston in order to keep undrafted rookie Garry Gilliam out of Penn State. Winston also would have cost them $1 million in salary. Gilliam is an outstanding athlete who still is learning the position after playing tight end part of his college career. It also means the Seahawks are completely comfortable with rookie Justin Britt, a second-round draft choice who will start at right tackle.

Undrafted over drafted: The Seahawks cut two draft picks -- fifth-round DT Jimmy Staten and seventh-round FB Kiero Small -- and kept two undrafted rookies in MLB Brock Coyle and Gilliam.

Cornerback trade: Here’s another example of going with younger players. The Seahawks cut CB Phillip Adams, a five-year veteran who they picked up in the offseason, and made a trade for Indianapolis CB Marcus Burley, a second-year player with potential. The Seahawks sent the Colts a sixth-round draft choice in 2015.

Seven receivers: For the moment, the Seahawks have seven WRs -- Doug Baldwin, Percy Harvin, Jermaine Kearse, Paul Richardson, Ricardo Lockette, Phil Bates and Kevin Norwood. The Seahawks probably are keeping Bates until Norwood is 100 percent recovered from his foot surgery.

What’s next: Some of these players will end up on the practice squad. Likely candidates are Small, Staten, OT Nate Isles, S Terrance Parks, RB Demitrius Bronson, TE RaShaun Allen, DT Andru Pulu and DE Benson Mayowa, but another team probably will want Mayowa.

Team moves: Terminated veteran contracts of OT Eric Winston and CB Phillip Adams. Waived QB Terrelle Pryor, QB B.J. Daniels, LB Korey Toomer, DE Benson Mayowa, WR Bryan Walters, FB Kiero Small, WR Arceto Clark, G Caylin Hauptmann, OT Nate Isles, C Patrick Lewis, S Terrance Parks, TE Morrell Presley, WR Chris Matthews, DT Jimmy Staten, DT Andru Pulu, TE RaShaun Allen, RB Spencer Ware, CB Akeem Auguste, RB Demitrius Bronson and S Steven Terrell. Placed DT D’Anthony Smith on injured reserve. The Seahawks acquired CB Marcus Burley from Indianapolis for a 2015 sixth-round draft choice.

Terry Blount

ESPN Seattle Seahawks reporter

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