Seahawks cut starter Tom Johnson after one game, nearly $2 million

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The Seahawks have made the surprising decision to cut starting defensive tackle Tom Johnson, just one game into his stint with the team.

The 34-year-old Johnson started against the Broncos in last week’s season-opening loss, and he has already received a $950,000 signing bonus and a $15,000 roster bonus. He is a vested veteran, which means his $900,000 base salary was guaranteed as soon as he made the Week One roster.

Seattle signed Johnson away from Minnesota on a one-year deal in free agency this year.

Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports that the Seahawks just want to free up a roster spot to bolster another position this week and plan to re-sign Johnson next week. Of course, it’s possible that some other team will contact Johnson and sign him away from Seattle before the Seahawks can get him back after they play the Bears on Monday night.

Johnson was on the field for 39 of the Seahawks’ 74 defensive snaps in their loss at Denver.

44 responses to “Seahawks cut starter Tom Johnson after one game, nearly $2 million

  1. If it’s being reported that he was cut just for this week there’s already an agreement between the two. For another team to swoop in at this point would require them to pay him more money, which if they were why had they waited until now to sign him when they could have in the off-season? This sorta thing happens with NFL teams, usually to lesser known players, but cutting a guy for a week for a roster spot is part of the business.

  2. It’s funny how stories are written for some teams compared to others…. Anyways, Oakland shd sign him. Their D-line was getting blown off the ball monday.

  3. Again, the Seahawks are history. Put a fork in them! Maybe they should bring that “12th man” they always brag about in for a look. Heh heh heh heh…….

  4. “Of course, it’s possible that some other team will contact Johnson and sign him away from Seattle before the Seahawks can get him back after they play the Bears on Monday night.”

    Just watch the Bears do it…

  5. At 34, and now average … He doesn’t have much “future money” to play for. I think the Hawks are ambivalent about him for the season, and not all too concerned that another team may sign him away.

  6. Different teams should cut and sign him every week, so that it works out that he only plays against Denver every game this year…That would give him a display in the HOF in Canton for a week at least…

  7. Smells, seems too odd, given he’s a starter. Do you cut starters (especially linemen, especially at such cost) to solve a depth issue due to an injury elswhere? No 2nd or 3rd string guys left to cut?

  8. Rate This
    HurtsToReadComments says:
    September 15, 2018 at 4:14 pm
    Carrol comes into town, wins games, gains complete power, then runs team into ground, moves on…. USC appreciates the multiple NCAA sanctions Pete.
    ++++
    He didn’t run USC into the ground. Reggie Bush and his family did. Is Pete, and all other MCAA coaches, supposed to spend their off time making sure a players parents are living in the house, and area, they say they are? Do you hold all other college coaches to the same integrity? If you dig into Alabama, Michigan, Oklahoma, etc. You find an NCAA violation. Any team I. The power five conference, you’d find a violation. If you want to.

    Pete took an old, slow Seattle team and turned them into a playoff team for multiple years. His first two years there he had the most roster moves in NFL history trying to find the right people. Sometimes signing a guy, then letting him go 2-3 days later.

    He took a QB in the 3rd round, that many professional analysts said was a horrible pick, but is now a top five-seven QB. That draft was laughed at by the ‘experts’ but turned out damn good.

    The GM and coach for Seattle, after last season, chose to get rid of malcontents, loudmouths, and players they felt were a determent to the team. How’s that from the other 31 teams? Seattle chose to get younger. The older a player gets, the less hungry they are. Many teams let go of older vets that are there to collect a check, happy to be there, malcontents, detriments to the team, etc.

    They went younger. Not unlike 2011 and 2012.

    As for USC. I get it. However, name one to five NCAA football coaches that know what every player does at every point on said players off time?

    There’s multitudes of players in the NFL whose college coaches have no idea what X player did in college, how much they got paid, where the beatup, or fancy up car came from. How X player can afford to take his girlfriend to a fancy restaurans, etc.

    If a college coach knows exactly what all 90-100 of his players are doing at X time of day, how does he have time to watch film, recruit, speak with the AD, donors, and have time with his family.

    If you have the answers, then all NCAA coaches are waiting to hear from you.

  9. amurdora says:
    September 15, 2018 at 3:46 pm
    If it’s being reported that he was cut just for this week there’s already an agreement between the two. For another team to swoop in at this point would require them to pay him more money, which if they were why had they waited until now to sign him when they could have in the off-season? This sorta thing happens with NFL teams, usually to lesser known players, but cutting a guy for a week for a roster spot is part of the business.
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    The trolls don’t care. You’re throwing ice water on their Seattle hate.

  10. They figure no one else will waste a roster spot for a 34 year old DL. They could be wrong though. They have made more wrong personnel decisions in the past few years than a piece of Swiss cheese has holes.

  11. THINK for a minute. Maybe Johnson did something to push for his release.
    Why do you people (and the MEDIA), ALWAYS blame the team of the NFL itself (aka the employers)?

  12. straighcashhomey says:
    September 15, 2018 at 5:36 pm
    One year wonder
    ++++
    Better than a lot of other teams. A missed field goal, and a bad timeout by Carroll, which too many coaches do, from being in three straight NFC title games. Back to back Superbowl appearances, winning one. Six straight playoff appearances, missing out on seven straight because Walsh missed three field goals last year that would have given Seattle a 12-4 record.

    Yeah, coulda, woulda, shoulda on winning a second super bowl. I blame the defense giving up 14 points in the 4th quarter more than the offense and the last play.

    I’m certain there’s many teams that would like that playoff streak. However, hate on.

  13. Yea, Carroll is such a lousy coach the only Bill Bellichek has won more games than he has in the last 8 years.

  14. Now Bobby Wagner is out for Monday night’s game. This will be ugly. There is very little talent on the defense right now. In fact, other than Frank Clark NONE of the other starters on defense would start for the majority of teams in the league. The Seahawks’ fans will tell you about all the young talent they drafted, well, in fact that’s not true.

  15. He can sign with another team and earn even more money this year? Strange move by the Seahawks unless they’ve got an agreement with him.

  16. Terrible Analogies says:
    September 15, 2018 at 4:02 pm
    They won the Super Bowl that one time, so there’s that.

    ________________

    Uh huh, and damn proud of it.
    Shut down one of the best offenses in NFL history and blew their doors off.
    Percy Headache was worth it just for the opening return of the 2nd half.

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