Seahawks roster stays steady (for at least one day)
Posted by Danny O'Neil
The biggest news with Seattle's roster at Monday's practice (or Organized Team Activity in the NFL's offseason parlance)? There was no news.
Not unless you count the presence of Victor James, the receiver who was among those cut last week when the Seahawks added quarterback J.P. Losman and tight end Michael Allan.
But don't start thinking the roster is settled. No, if anything has been shown this offseason it's that adjustments and additions will be routine.Of the nearly 90 players listed on the Seahawks roster, nearly half have been added since last season ended. Half. That's just an incredible amount of turnover.
That will happen when a team makes five trades -- as Seattle has done this offseason -- and isn't afraid to bring a player in for a couple of weeks and then turn him loose.
Quarterback Mike Reilly was claimed off waivers from St. Louis this month. He lasted two weeks before he was cut loose.
Long-snapper Matt Overton was signed in February, cut in March and brought back in April. Right now, he's the only long-snapper the team has on the roster.
So why the constant churn? Coach Pete Carroll cited two reasons: the search to find players capable of contributing and also to reinforce the message of what a competitive environment this is.
"In a new program, it's really important for us to do this," coach Pete Carroll said. "So we're going to keep doing it. So we're going to keep doing it. There's no deadline when we're going to stop and try to get everybody comfortable and settled. I don't think that's necessary here. Everybody knows that this is a very competitive environment and they're going to have to battle day in and day out and that's the whole idea.""We're doing the same over in the personnel department honestly."
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