Roided-out NFC West rosters: Updated


Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Seahawks have 34 defensive players on their roster, fewest in the league and well below the NFL average (38.7). That was one of the things I noticed upon updating the 26-column NFC West rosters and comparing them to the rest of the league.

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Seattle has nine linebackers. The average is 10.7. Seattle has 12 defensive backs. The average is 14.7. Perhaps the team will add players at these positions. Or perhaps the rest of the league will release players at these positions. Seattle is carrying 79 players on its roster, counting unsigned draft choices. The average is 85.2.

A few other roster-related notes from the NFC West:

  • The Rams have released defensive lineman Mike Newkirk and signed tackle Eric Young. They also brought in former Seahawks and Chiefs snapper J.P. Darche for a workout last week. Darche has been rehabbing the knee injury that sidelined him last season and precipitated his release from the Chiefs.

  • The 49ers released quarterback Kirby Freeman and signed two draft choices, fifth-rounder Scott McKillop and seventh-rounder Ricky Jean-Francois. They have five unsigned draft choices. Only the Saints have fewer (four).

  • The Seahawks have reached agreement with former Oklahoma State center David Washington, according to Danny O'Neil. I'll add Washington to the roster once he signs a contract.

  • The Cardinals still lead the NFL in most unrestricted free agents re-signed this offseason with seven: Kurt Warner, Brian St. Pierre, Bertrand Berry, Clark Haggans, Ralph Brown, Ben Graham and Elton Brown. Their unsigned UFAs: Guard Scott Peters and tight end Jerame Tuman.

  • Seattle has 36 of its own draft choices on its roster. All 36 are from BCS programs, most in the league and 11 above the league average.