NFC West: Kevin Brown

Posted by's Mike Sando

The Seahawks released defensive tackle Kevin Brown, fullback Dan Curran, linebacker Shane Simmons and tight end John Tereshinski as the NFL's 75-man roster deadline approaches. Teams have until Tuesday to comply with the limit.

None of the four players released was considered likely to challenge for a spot.

Practice-squad report: Seahawks

August, 21, 2009
Seahawks eligible for
practice squad
Pos. Perceived Status
Jamar Adams
Marquis Floyd
Likely cut
Courtney Greene
Likely cut
Michael Bennett
Nick Reed
Derek Walker
Likely cut
Kevin Brown
Likely cut
Red Bryant
Aaron Curry
Dave Philistin
Likely cut
Shane Simmons
Likely cut
Max Unger
Mansfield Wrotto
Na'Shan Goddard
Likely cut
Andre Ramsey
Likely cut
William Robinson
Likely cut
Kyle Williams
Jeff Rowe
Likely cut
Mike Teel
Dan Curran
Likely cut
Devin Moore
Likely cut
Brandon Coutu
Cameron Morrah
Joe Newton
John Tereshinski
Likely cut
Michael Bumpus
Deon Butler
Mike Hass
Logan Payne

Posted by's Mike Sando

The race among Seahawks receivers for the last couple roster spots features high stakes.

Contenders Jordan Kent, Ben Obomanu and Courtney Taylor are no longer eligible for the practice squad. One or two of them could be finished in Seattle, at least for now, if they fail to earn spots on the initial -- not even close to final -- 53-man roster.

Kent and Taylor each were active for at least nine games last season -- Obomanu was active for 12 in 2007 -- as the Seahawks worked through catastrophic injuries at the position. That made each receiver ineligible for future practice squads.

Deon Butler, Mike Hass, Logan Payne and Michael Bumpus are the current Seattle receivers with eligibility remaining. Butler is expected to emerge from camp as the fourth receiver behind T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Deion Branch and Nate Burleson.

The chart shows all 29 current Seahawks players with eligibility, arranged by position.

NFL teams must reduce rosters from 80 to 75 players Sept. 1. They must reduce to 53 players Sept. 5. They can begin forming eight-man practice squads Sept. 6 at noon ET.

As the NFL puts it:

After 12 noon, New York time, clubs may establish a practice squad of eight players by signing free agents who do not have an accrued season of free-agency credit or who were on the 45-player active list for less than nine regular-season games during their only accrued season(s).
A player cannot participate on the practice squad for more than three seasons.

The situation at tight end remains quite competitive, with Joe Newton and Cameron Morrah likely competing for one roster spot behind John Carlson and John Owens.

The Seahawks face tough decisions on the defensive line, with Nick Reed and Michael Bennett fighting for spots on the 53-man roster. Baraka Atkins is not eligible for the practice squad after playing 12 games as a rookie in 2007 and nine more last season.

Posted by's Mike Sando

The Seahawks have a few tough decisions to make before reducing their roster to 53 players in less than three weeks.

The final spot or two at receiver remain unsettled. I see at least 10 defensive linemen worth keeping, but perhaps no more than eight offensive linemen. The final spots at all three general positions on defense -- line, linebackers and secondary -- could spur debate.

The Seahawks aren't even certain which kicker will earn a roster spot, opening possible trade scenarios for teams with needs at the position.

Seattle Seahawks
Week 1 Roster
Counts since 2003
Fewest 2 5 4
3 8 8 6 7 3
Most 3 6 7 4 9 10 8 8 4
Average 2.8 5.3 5.3 3.2 8.8 9.3 7.0 7.8 3.2
Currently on roster
8 10 5 14 13 9 13 4

The chart provides a framework for how many players the Seahawks might keep at each position heading into the regular-season opener against the Rams.

Here's a quick look at which Seahawks players I might keep on the cutdown to 53 players:

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Posted by's Mike Sando

A quick look at 53-man rosters from Feb. 1, date of Super Bowl XLIII, provides a reference point for seeing how NFC West teams have changed so far this offseason.

I'll conclude with Seattle.

Gone from the Seahawks' 53-man roster and injured reserve list in the 58 days since the Super Bowl (12):


Charlie Frye, QB
Koren Robinson, WR
Maurice Morris, RB
Leonard Weaver, FB
Steve McKinney, C
Floyd Womack, OL
Bobby Engram, WR
Will Heller, TE


Howard Green, DT
Julian Peterson, LB
Rocky Bernard, DT

Special teams

Jeff Robinson, LS

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Seahawks DL Pos. Age Signed Through
Patrick Kerney
DE 32 2012
Howard Green
Colin Cole
DT 28 2013
Craig Terrill
DT 28 2010
Red Bryant
DT 24 2011
Baraka Atkins
DE 24 2010
Darryl Tapp
DE 24 2009
Brandon Mebane
DT 24 2010
Kevin Brown
DT 23 2010
Lawrence Jackson
DE 23 2012
Brandon Miller
DE 23 2010

Posted by's Mike Sando

The Seahawks' signing of 330-pound defensive tackle Colin Cole gives them needed bulk up front and additional flexibility heading into the draft.

Signing receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who left Seattle to visit with the Vikings, would put the Seahawks in an even better position.

Every significant move the Seahawks make affects how the team might use the fourth overall pick in the draft.

Signing Cole means the Seahawks will not be pursuing Cowboys free-agent defensive lineman Chris Canty. The move might also make Seattle less likely to reach in the draft for defensive tackle B.J. Raji, if you consider such a move as a reach. Signing Houshmandzadeh might alleviate pressure to select Michael Crabtree or another receiver early in the draft.

Cole stands only 6-foot-1, same as Brandon Mebane. Seattle now has a couple of short and stout defensive tackles. Cole has seven starts since entering the league in 2003.

Roided-out NFC West rosters: Week 20.5

January, 24, 2009
Posted by's Mike Sando

I've updated the NFC West roided-out rosters to include moves made this week. Those are available for download.

I'll tack on a Steelers version in the next edition, scheduled for Super Bowl week. In the meantime, let's take a quick look at players NFC West teams have signed to future contracts. These players will become part of the 80-man rosters after the Super Bowl.
Arizona: punter Waylon Prather, quarterback Tyler Palko, running back Justin Green, guard Ben Claxton.

St. Louis: receiver Nate Jones, defensive tackle Willie Williams, receiver Joel Filani, receiver Travis Brown, running back Samkon Gado, defensive end C.J. Ah You.

San Francisco: tight end J.J. Finley, tackle Joe Toledo, receiver Mark Bradford, linebacker Justin Roland and kick returner Michael Spurlock.

Seattle: defensive back Marquis FLoyd, tight end Joe Newton, receiver Michael Bumpus, defensive tackle Kevin Brown, tight end John Tereshinski, long snapper Ryan Senser, receiver Mike Hass and Receiver Billy McMullen.

Practice-squad update: Seahawks

August, 31, 2008
Seahawks eligible for
practice squad
Pos.Current Status
Owen SchmittFB53-man roster
Kevin HobbsCB53-man roster
Red BryantDT53-man roster
Lawrence JacksonDE53-man roster
Steve VallosC53-man roster
Ray WillisOL53-man roster
Mansfield WrottoOL53-man roster
Courtney TaylorWR53-man roster
John CarlsonTE53-man roster
David HawthorneLB53-man roster
Jordan KentWR53-man roster
Brandon CoutuK53-man roster
Logan PayneWR53-man roster
Justin ForsettRB53-man roster
Joe NewtonTEPractice squad
Jamar AdamsDBPractice squad
Kyle WilliamsOLPractice squad
Michael BumpusWRPractice squad
Marquis FloydDBPractice squad
Pat MurrayOLPractice squad
Kevin BrownDLPractice squad
David KirtmanFBPractice squad/SD
Nu'u TafisiDTWaived
Dallas SartzLBWaived
Ben ClaxtonCWaived
Trent SheltonWRWaived
Dalton BellQBWaived
Kelin JohnsonSWaived
Reggie HodgesPWaived
Nick JonesOLWaived

Posted by's Mike Sando

The Seahawks filled all but one of their practice-squad spots today, but fullback David Kirtman wasn't part of the group. Kirtman, a fifth-round choice from USC in 2006, signed with the Chargers' practice squad.

Seattle's backfield is crowded. The team carried six running backs on the initial 53-man roster. None of the seven practice-squad players was a running back.

Rookie seventh-round choices Justin Forsett and Brandon Coutu earned spots on the 53-man roster, but one could become a viable candidate for the practice squad if the team decided it couldn't afford to carry six running backs or two kickers.

The chart shows every Seahawks player with practice-squad eligibility. Safety Jamar Adams and receiver Michael Bumpus probably came closest to earning spots on the 53-man roster.

In the end, the Seahawks couldn't justify keeping a ninth defensive back. Kyle Williams, a tackle from USC, also showed promise working with new line coaches Mike Solari and Mike DeBord.

Unusual circumstances have left the Seahawks' roster in flux. Receivers Deion Branch and Bobby Engram remain sidelined, but both are counting against the roster limit. Jordan Babineaux and Rocky Bernard are healthy, but neither counts against the limit while serving a one-game suspension to open the season.

Practice-squad report: Seahawks

August, 29, 2008
Seahawks eligible for
practice squad
Pos.Probable Status
Owen SchmittFBKeeper
Kevin HobbsCBKeeper
Red BryantDTKeeper
Lawrence JacksonDEKeeper
Steve VallosCKeeper
Ray WillisOLKeeper
Mansfield WrottoOLKeeper
Courtney TaylorWRKeeper
John CarlsonTEKeeper
Jamar AdamsDBBubble
David HawthorneLBBubble
Kyle WilliamsOLBubble
Michael BumpusWRBubble
Jordan KentWRBubble
Brandon CoutuKBubble
Reggie HodgesPBubble
Logan PayneWRBubble
Justin ForsettRBBubble
Trent SheltonWRLikely cut
Dalton BellQBLikely cut
Joe NewtonTELikely cut
David KirtmanFBLikely cut
Marquis FloydDBLikely cut
Kelin JohnsonSLikely cut
Kevin BrownDLLikely cut
Nu'u TafisiDTLikely cut
Dallas SartzLBLikely cut
Ben ClaxtonCLikely cut
Nick JonesOLLikely cut
Pat MurrayOLLikely cut

Posted by's Mike Sando

Rosters spots are serious business for NFL players lacking job security. For some, the next 30 hours or so will determine whether they'll earn $17,352.94 per week or whatever the real world pays.

The minimum NFL salary is $295,000. Players get paid in 17 installments, one for every week they spend as a paid member of the organization.

NFL teams must trim rosters from 75 players to 53 players by Saturday afternoon. Teams can establish eight-man practice squads beginning Sunday. Practice-squad players earn a minimum of $5,200 per week during the regular season and playoffs.

Once a player signs with a practice squad, he can practice with the team. He becomes eligible to play in games only if a team signs him to its 53-man roster. Practice-squad players are free to sign with any team's active roster at any time during the season.

The chart shows each of the Seahawks' players with practice-squad eligibility, according to the team (I'll hit all the teams in the division as the day continues).

I was surprised to see Ray Willis' name on Seattle's list, but practice-squad rules can be confusing, and exceptions sometimes apply to relatively experienced players. In this case, Willis is a lock to earn a spot on the 53-man roster.

To be clear: Players need nine games on the 45-man (active) roster to burn their practice-squad eligibility, even if they have multiple accrued seasons, as Willis does.

I've categorized each player based on his perceived likelihood of earning a spot on the 53-man roster. Those are rough characterizations. Teams still have not made decisions. It's conceivable that a player listed as a "keeper" could face his release.

Mailbag: Seahawks, 49ers dominate

August, 16, 2008

Posted by's Mike Sando

John from Tucson, Ariz., writes: Mike, why cant the 49ers just admit they don't have a vaild starter at quarterback and look elsewhere? It's embarrassing as a fan to watch them kick field goals for their only points every game. Any possibility they can steal Kurt Warner from the Cardinals?

Mike Sando: I can't imagine the Cardinals dealing Warner within the division. Warner provides a terrific fallback option for the Cardinals if Matt Leinart falters. As for admitting they don't have a valid starter, the 49ers have done that by their actions. If they thought they had a legit starter, they would have named him by now.

Adam from Boston writes: Hey Mike. Whats the situation with Nate Burleson's contract? I know it was designed as a poison pill to exact revenge on Minnesota, and it seemed widely understood that it would have to be renegotiated in the future because it was so back loaded. Could this become an issue for the Hawks next year's off season?

Mike Sando: You are right about the nature of Burleson's contract, but the Seahawks reworked it in March 2007. Burleson's cap numbers are right around $4 million for 2008, 2009 and 2010. The 2010 season voids.

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