The team also said goodbye to wide receiver Deon Butler and quarterback Josh Portis. Butler, a 2009 third-round pick, had 57 catches over three seasons with Seattle, but just six in five games last season and got forced out of a receiving corps that features Braylon Edwards. Portis was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2011 after a college career that saw him play for three different schools. His release means that Russell Wilson and Matt Flynn are the only quarterbacks currently on the roster.
James Carpenter, a 2011 first-round pick, made the active roster despite spending all of training camp on the PUP list. Coach Pete Carroll said earlier this week that he expected Carpenter to play this season after some doubt earlier in the summer. Carpenter tore his ACL last year and is expected to move from tackle to guard this season.
The Seahawks also announced that they have waived defensive back Phillip Adams, defensive end Pierre Allen, linebacker Allen Bradford, guard Paul Fanaika, guard Rishaw Johnson, wide receiver Jermaine Kearse, linebacker Kyle Knox, defensive end Cordarro Law, wide receiver Ricardo Lockette, tight end Sean McGrath, center Kris O’Dowd, defensive back DeShawn Shead, linebacker Korey Toomer and wide receiver Lavasier Tuinei. Linebacker Matt McCoy was placed on injured reserve and tight end Cooper Helfet and running back Vai Taua were waived-injured.
Cornerback Walter Thurmond, who broke his leg last season, will start the year on the PUP list. Guard Allen Barbre is serving a four-game suspension to start the season.