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Seahawks release veteran long snapper Clint Gresham

Clint Gresham AP

The Seattle Seahawks will have a new long snapper for the first time in seven years as the team released veteran long snapper Clint Gresham on Wednesday.

Gresham has been the only long snapper the Seahawks have had since Pete Carroll took over as head coach in 2010. He’s appeared in 96 straight games for Seattle and signed a new three-year contract with the club prior to last season.

However, Gresham had some issues last season at times. A poor punt snap led to the Minnesota Vikings taking an early lead and punter Jon Ryan suffering a broken nose in the Wild Card playoff game between the two teams in January. A few other errant snaps affected kicks by Steven Hauschka as well.

Seattle signed snapper Andrew East to a futures contract in January. East spent the 2015 offseason with the Kansas City Chiefs but was released at the end of training camp. He could be the first option in line to replace Gresham this season.

Recently signed offensive lineman Bradley Sowell can snap as well.

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8 Responses to “Seahawks release veteran long snapper Clint Gresham”
  1. bartpkelly says: Mar 16, 2016 11:54 PM

    I don’t like it but the Seahawks probably know better. Only a few bad snaps in 7 years…sounds pretty good.

  2. chawk12thman says: Mar 17, 2016 12:13 AM

    He did have a few bad snaps this season, but this move kind of surprises me. I wonder if they are looking at getting him back later at a reduced contract?

  3. dans761 says: Mar 17, 2016 12:22 AM

    If the reason Gresham was cut because Vikings game. Simply dumb. -10 degrees, that’s hard atmosphere to handle football. Has never had problems snapping except that 1 cold playoff game.

  4. yyc2phx says: Mar 17, 2016 12:39 AM

    Sowell can’t snap or he would have stayed in AZ…Leach packed it in and they are in need of a long snapper.. Sowell has one move lift head at snap and pull on the DL jersey as be blows past him,..

  5. allidoiswin55 says: Mar 17, 2016 12:57 AM

    He’s money for snapping but to be he got fat after his last payday. He use to look like a big former rugby player now he looks like he owns a brewery. Dude has no knee bend and is slow I know he’s a long snapper but cmon take some personal pride you can make a million a year just to stay in basic shape and snap a ball.. Wouldn’t be surprised if they resigned this guy but Gresh seriously lose some damn weight you cost us a kick return falling over just running straight lol

  6. 34defense2014 says: Mar 17, 2016 2:40 AM

    Now that’s the the job I want to have! One’ only has to go on the field every once in a while to long snap??! Then make some great Bank to boot! Who has it better then that? No one!

  7. bleedingfacemask says: Mar 17, 2016 3:56 AM

    As I understand it, Nate Boyer is still available. That is, if Boyer isn’t currently rescuing someone on the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro…

  8. omeimontis says: Mar 18, 2016 2:03 PM

    Victim of salary cap space. The Hogs are desperately short on salary cap space and they have to be very frugal.

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