The Final Cuts

The Seahawks met the roster deadline by cutting 19 players and putting two more on injured reserve.

The Seattle Seahawks reached their regular-season roster limit of 53 on Sunday by waiving 19 players and placing two on injured reserve.

The Seahawks waived the following players:

S Jordan Babineaux
S Walter Bernard
DT LaWaylon Brown
WR Antoine Burns
CB Brad Franklin
CB Michael Harden
LB Byron Hardmon
T Matt Hill
C Joey Hollenbeck
P Donnie Jones
FB R.J. Luke
CB Tony Lukins
DE Omar Nazel
RB Tellis Redmon
G Jeff Roehl
DT John Schlecht
WR Taco Wallace
TE Josh Whitman
WR Jason Willis

LB Isaac Brown was released on Friday. The team also placed FB Chris Davis (knee) and S Damien Robinson (shoulder) on injured reserve.

On Monday, September 6, the Seahawks can establish a practice squad of no more than eight players.

The NFC West won a lottery drawing during NFL Europe’s World Bowl and each of the four teams in the division were assigned one extra NFL Europe player who will join clubs as part of the NFL International Development Practice Squad program.

Christian Mohr, a DE from Germany who played for the Berlin Thunder, was assigned to the Seahawks. He will not be eligible to be claimed by another team or promoted to an active roster.

Surprises here include Nazel, who made two very impressive goalline stops in the final preseason game against the Vikings, and WRs Wallace and Willis, who both had good camps. The Seahawks simply have tremendous depth at wide receiver, which coach Mike Holmgren had acknowledged more than once in the last week. The final six WRs will be starters Koren Robinson, Darrell Jackson and Bobby Engram, with reserves Alex Bannister, Jehereme Urban and D.J. Hackett rounding out the list.

Davis’ placement on IR means that backup FB Heath Evans makes the team by default. Robinson’s trip to that list (as well as the release of Babineaux and Bernard) gives the Seahawks only three safeties – Ken Hamlin, Terreal Bierria and rookie Michael Boulware.

When perennial holdout LT Walter Jones returns to the team (likely early next week) to accept his franchise designation, another roster move will not be required until Week 2. The Seahawks learned Sunday that tackle Wayne Hunter has been suspended for one game by the NFL for violating the league's personal conduct policy, relating to a domestic violence incident in the spring of 2003, after the Seahawks selected him in the third round of the draft and before he signed his contract.

At this time, the Seahawks appear intent on carrying 10 defensive linemen. Brandon Mitchell's salary would be guaranteed after Week 1 as a four-year veteran, which might leave Anton Palepoi and Craig Terrill on the bubble.

The Seahawks open their 2004 season on Sunday, September 12, 2004, at New Orleans. Top Stories