Colin Cole, Mike Gibson among Seahawks released
Posted by Danny O'Neil
Cole among Seahawks' final cuts to 53
By Danny O'Neil | The Seattle Times
|FB Dorson Boyce||WR Chris Carter||RB Thomas Clayton||DT Colin Cole||CB Kennard Cox|
|G Paul Fanaika||DE Maurice Fountain||C Mike Gibson||DT David Howard||LB Michael Johnson|
|DE Jameson Konz||S Mark LeGree||WR Ricardo Lockette||LB Mike Morgan||S Josh Pinkard|
|T William Robinson||DE A.J. Schable||WR Owen Spencer||RB Vai Taua||WR Patrick Williams|
|DE Pierre Allen was waived/injured, a designation indicating he received an injury settlement.|
|Physically unable to perform (PUP) List: WR Deon Butler, CB Roy Lewis, TE Cameron Morrah.|
|Injured reserve: TE John Carlson, WR Isaiah Stanback, DE Jimmy Wilkerson.|
The release of Colin Cole was the biggest surprise of Seattle's releases to reach the regular-season limit of 53 players. His departure is not entirely a shock. Brandon Mebane had moved over to nosetackle, the position where Cole started 26 games the past two seasons, and Cole's contract called for him to make $3.75 million.
Cole had not practiced since training camp opened, though, and most expected he would begin the season on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. Instead, he was released.
Surprise No. 2? Mike Gibson, who had been the backup center in training camp, was let go and Lemuel Jeanpierre was on the 53-man roster.
The departure of Cole and Gibson leaves Seattle with 14 players who were on the roster when Pete Carroll took over as Seahawks coach. Four of those players are not on the 53-man roster. John Carlson is on injured reserve, and Cameron Morrah, Deon Butler and Roy Lewis are all on PUP.
Two Three undrafted rookies made the team: safety Jeron Johnson, receiver Doug Baldwin and quarterback Josh Portis. One of the team's nine draft choices was cut: safety Mark LeGree of Appalachian State, who was beaten out by Johnson.
Here's how the Seahawks' 53-man roster looks after Saturday's cuts:
|OT Russell Okung||OT James Carpenter||Tarvaris Jackson||Marshawn Lynch|
|G Robert Gallery||G John Moffitt||Charlie Whitehurst||Leon Washington|
|C Max Unger||C Lemuel JeanPierre||Josh Portis||Justin Forsett|
|G/T Paul McQuistan||OT Tyler Polumbus|
|OT Breno Giacomini|
|Mike Williams||Sidney Rice||Zach Miller||Mike Robinson|
|Kris Durham||Ben Obomanu||Anthony McCoy|
|Golden Tate||Doug Baldwin||Dominique Byrd|
|Brandon Mebane||Alan Branch||David Hawthorne||Leroy Hill|
|Junior Siavii||Pep Levingston||Aaron Curry||Malcolm Smith|
|Clinton McDonald||K.J. Wright||Matt McCoy|
|Chris Clemons||Red Bryant|
|Raheem Brock||Dexter Davis|
|Marcus Trufant||Brandon Browner||Earl Thomas||Kam Chancellor|
|Walter Thurmond||Richard Sherman||Jeron Johnson||Atari Bigby|
|Jeff Reed||Jon Ryan||Clint Gresham|
Information in this post, originally published Sept. 3, 2011, was corrected later that same day. A previous version of this post incorrectly stated that there were two undrafted rookies who made the team, omitting quarterback Josh Portis.
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