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Deon Butler, Josh Portis among Seahawks cuts

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Wide receiver Kris Durham wasn’t the only notable name to get dropped by the Seahawks on Friday.

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.

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12 Responses to “Deon Butler, Josh Portis among Seahawks cuts”
  1. jeffesky says: Aug 31, 2012 10:41 PM

    Edwards a no brainer over butler. butlers an awesome kid but they needed size

  2. Jack Burton says: Aug 31, 2012 10:42 PM

    They’ve got a target picked out. I’m not sure who, or what position….

  3. snoqualmieterry says: Aug 31, 2012 10:46 PM

    I am assuming the plan is to hope Portis clears waivers. I can’t imagine going into the season with two quarterbacks.

  4. pacificnw7722 says: Aug 31, 2012 10:47 PM

    Ricardo Lockette will get picked up…..dude is ULTRA FAST.

  5. orhawk says: Aug 31, 2012 10:56 PM

    It sure bites seeing these guys get waved… I enjoyed watching them and good luck in the future.

  6. wasting083 says: Aug 31, 2012 11:16 PM

    Portis and Lockette will be on the practice squad.. Lockette may be ultra fast but the dude has to learn the NFL game and it showed in the pre season. Seriously, don’t even mention the two catches last year.

  7. seacolt213 says: Aug 31, 2012 11:18 PM

    I imagine they’ll eventually find a 3rd QB but their FB, Michael Robinson is a former QB and will do in a pinch.

  8. ketch20too says: Aug 31, 2012 11:25 PM

    Portis looked awful last night. Taua looked very good..guess he got injured walking off the field. My money is on “waived injured” means”we want him on the PS, but want you to believe he is hurt so you don’t sign him”. Butler never could live up to potential after his injury.

  9. hawkforlife says: Aug 31, 2012 11:30 PM

    Interesting cuts. Paul Fanaika may be the lost gem. Most interesting is the roster position numbers they kept.

  10. bigbaldpapahawk says: Aug 31, 2012 11:34 PM

    Charlie Martin had a great camp and pre-season. He does not have Butler’s speed, but I think that Martin brings more to the table.

  11. thenewenglandpatriots12 says: Aug 31, 2012 11:45 PM

    Pats get one of these recievers!

  12. osiris33 says: Sep 1, 2012 1:40 AM

    Keeping Malcolm Smith and Obomanu over Toomer and Codero Law makes no sense. They’re both better players than 4-5 guys who made the roster. Guess they’ll be proving that with other teams.

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