With the final preseason game of the year looming on Thursday, the Seahawks wasted little time with the business side of things Monday, terminating the contracts of veterans Lemuel Jeanpierre and defensive tackle D'Anthony Smith and releasing (in alphabetical order) offensive tackle Jesse Davis, cornerback George Farmer, wide receivers Deshon Foxx and Deontay Greenberry, cornerback Keelan Johnson, linebacker Quayshawn Nealy, defensive end Greg Scruggs and safety Ty Zimmerman. The team also waived injured fullback Brad Cottam and cornerback Triston Wade and placed wideout Paul Richardson and nickel back Jeremy Lane on the reserve Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.
The bigger news, however, was that Seattle was able to trade wideout Kevin Norwood rather than releasing him, as the club had initially planned.
A fourth round pick out of Alabama in 2014, Norwood had been passed on Seattle's depth chart by similarly-built wideouts Chris Matthews, Kevin Smith and Kasen Williams and was set to be among the 15 players the Seahawks were going to officially release tomorrow.
Norwood, in fact, was informed of his pending release Monday morning. Several NFL teams demonstrated interest in Norwood in the hours after news broke of his pending release and therefore the team did not officially cut him in the hopes of sparking a trade.
Aaron Wilson first broke news of the Panthers' trade for Norwood and a source inside VMAC quickly confirmed to SeahawkFootball.com that the transaction had occurred. The Seahawks will receive a 7th round pick in 2017 if Norwood makes Carolina's roster and appears in games during the regular season. He's likely to do so as the Panthers have suffered significant injuries at the position recently with 2014 first round pick Kelvin Benjamin tearing his ACL and 2015 second round pick Devin Funchess struggling with a nagging hamstring injury.
Seattle could afford to move past Norwood with wide receiver emerging as arguably the team's deepest position throughout training camp.
There weren't a lot of surprises among Seattle's cuts, though Jeanpierre had seen a lot of time with the second string unit and even briefly ran with the starters. Former defensive tackle Drew Nowak has emerged as the club's current starter at center and last year's part-time starter Patrick Lewis has performed well when given the opportunity.