With depth a concern in the secondary and linebacker, the Seahawks made a pair of moves this week, signing veteran cornerback Crezdon Butler and promoting linebacker Nick Moody from the practice squad, SeahawkFootball.com has learned.
The duo fill roster spots left open when the club released versatile wide receiver and emergency quarterback B.J. Daniels and running back Rod Smith Tuesday.
The 6-foot-1, 191 pound Butler was a fifth round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010 and has spent time with seven different organizations, including last season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was among the Detroit Lions' final cuts of the preseason.
Butler joins a secondary struggling with injuries, as Tharold Simon was placed on Injured Reserve last week and fellow cornerbacks Marcus Burley and Tye Smith are battling injuries and may not be available Sunday for the home game against the undefeated Carolina Panthers.
The 6-foot-1, 245 pound Moody spent the past two years with the San Francisco 49ers and was signed to Seattle's practice squad earlier in the year. His promotion could be a sign that All-Pro Bobby Wagner may be unavailable against the Panthers. Wagner suffered a strained pectoral last week against the Cincinnati Bengals. His primary backup, Brock Coyle, would likely start if Wagner were unable to play.
While the release of the popular and versatile Daniels and the rookie Smith (who played well against the Bengals) is disappointing, it speaks to the competitiveness of Seattle's roster. With injuries popping up at other positions, the Seahawks had little option. Smith's release could be a sign that Marshawn Lynch will, indeed, be ready to play Sunday.