NFC West: Ryan Senser

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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Darche back on the market

March, 19, 2009

Posted by's Mike Sando


NFL teams continue to play musical long-snappers, with former longtime Seattle snapper J.P. Darche on his way out of Kansas City.

Seattle's long-running quest to find a steady snapper began when Darche suffered a season-ending injury in 2006. He signed with the Chiefs in 2007, snapping in all 16 games that season. He has snapped in 120 regular-season games since 2000.

Darche suffered a torn ACL in the second game of the 2008 season. He played in five games before undergoing surgery. He's about one month away from being full strength. Would the Seahawks bring him back? They still need a snapper, but general manager Tim Ruskell wanted more size at the position.

Ryan Senser and Tyler Schmitt are the current snappers on Seattle's roster. Jeff Robinson, an unrestricted free agent, handled the job last season. The team also brought in former Texans snapper Bryan Pittman for a tryout.

Snapping carousel picks up speed

March, 10, 2009

Posted by's Mike Sando


Longtime Cardinals snapper Nathan Hodel has landed with the Patriots not long after Arizona released him. New England announced the signing Tuesday.

We've seen veteran snappers hit the market regularly this offseason. The Broncos released Mike Leach and signed the Patriots' snapper, Lonie Paxton, as an unrestricted free agent. The Texans' Bryan Pittman also hit the unrestricted market.

The Seahawks and Cardinals remain in the market for veteran snappers, although Tyler Schmitt hopes to get another chance with Seattle, Danny O'Neil notes.

Snappers are expendable until you can't replace one. The Seahawks have employed Thomas Gafford, Jared Retkofsky, Derek Rackley, Boone Stutz, Tim Lindsey, Jeff Robinson, Ryan Senser and Schmitt since watching J.P. Darche leave after the 2006 season. They have also brought in Pittman, Mike Schneck, Matt Overton and Joe Maese for tryouts.

Releasing Hodel spared the Cardinals from paying a $200,000 roster bonus this offseason. Hodel has snapped in every game for Arizona since 2002.

Posted by's Mike Sando

Add Bryan Pittman's name to the list of veteran long snappers headed to Seattle for a free-agent visit with the Seahawks.

Pittman spent the last six seasons snapping for the Texans before becoming an unrestricted free agent. He never missed a game until the NFL suspended Pittman, Deuce McAllister, Will Smith, Kevin Williams, Pat Williams and Charles Grant in a hotly disputed case involving diuretics. All six insisted they had done nothing wrong.

Pittman is making the trip to Seattle with his wife for a visit scheduled to take place Friday, agent Kevin Gold confirmed. Pittman attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Auburn, Wash., and the University of Washington. He joins former Broncos snapper Mike Leach among known candidates for the snapping job in Seattle. Leach is also visiting the Cardinals.

The Seahawks list two snappers on their roster: Ryan Senser and Tyler Schmitt. Jeff Robinson, an unrestricted free agent, handled snapping duties last season. A back injury prevented Schmitt from playing last season while raising questions about his future.

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.