The Seattle Seahawks are absolutely loaded at the linebacker position

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In the Pete Carroll-John Schneider era, the Seattle Seahawks have generally dedicated six or seven of their 53-man roster spots to linebackers, and the decision of who to keep has never been harder. The team must make their first cuts from 90 to 75 by this Tuesday afternoon, and the final cuts to 53 are due next Saturday, August 30.

With K.J. Wright as the only returning starter to play in the first half of the preseason, the Seahawks have flaunted their depth of young talent at backer. Filling in at middle linebacker (MIKE), Brock Coyle has proven himself perhaps the find of the 2014 undrafted rookies. He’s joined Wright along with 2011 undrafted free agent Mike Morgan, who plays strongside backer (SAM).

In tonight’s game against the Chicago Bears, coaches project the return of Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith at weakside linebacker (WILL) and 2012 fifth-round pick Korey Toomer, leaving fellow backers Bobby Wagner and Bruce Irvin recovering on the sidelines. Wagner’s hamstring injury may only limit him through next week. Irvin, however, remains on the preseason Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, making it possible that he begins the regular season on the same list.

With the linebacking corps largely returning to health, two questions loom over the position group: Who will make the team this year? And which linebackers’ contracts will the Seahawks extend over the coming years?