Some would call the last week of the NFL preseason a bitter sweet time in the NFL world. Largely in part because yes, it’s the start of a brand-new season when every team has high hopes for the next 16 weeks. But it’s bitter primarily because with that comes the daunted day every NFL player and fan dread. That day is September 2nd, or better known in the NFL as cut day.
However, the Seahawks made a splash on cut day, acquiring one of the most feared defensive lineman in the NFL. The Seahawks traded for the 2013 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Sheldon Richardson from the New York Jets for the hometown kid, wide receiver Jermaine Kearse. Although fans were excited to get a player like Richardson, there was also disappointment in letting a fan favorite go. With this 2017 team perhaps being the deepest since, and maybe even more talented, than the 2013 Super Bowl team, it was as good as inevitable to see fan favorites let go.
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One of the players that grew a following from the fans this preseason was wide receiver Kasen Williams. Williams was sadly let go due to the amount of depth at the position. The Seahawks had hoped that he would clear waivers and remain on their practice squad. But that wasn’t the case, as Williams was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Browns.
Other notable players that were let go included veteran defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin. Rubin had been a mainstay on the Seahawks defensive line for the past three years. Just a year after being drafted in the fifth round, running back Alex Collins was released. He was another victim of being in a loaded running back room, with four quality running backs ahead of him on the depth chart.
Another player that had a strong 2017 preseason, cornerback Pierre Desir, was waived by the Seahawks. Desir was claimed off waivers by the Indianapolis Colts the next day. The Seahawks also traded cornerback Tramaine Brock to the Minnesota Vikings for a seventh-round pick. Seattle had recently signed Brock, but he did not see much playing time in the preseason.
In place of Desir and Brock, Seattle traded a seventh-round pick to the New England Patriots for cornerback Justin Coleman. Coleman had been on Seattle’s practice squad in 2015, but was signed to the Patriots active roster that season. The Seahawks also surprisingly traded promising defensive end Cassius Marsh to Patriots for two late round draft picks, including the seventh-round pick the Seahawks had sent to New England for Coleman.
Whichever way you slice it, in no way is it easy for the fans of this team, or more so the players, to say goodbye to those who were shown the door. But with how much talent is on this roster, some good players and fan favorites were bound to be let go. With that though comes a blank slate and a fresh start to what is almost guaranteed to be one of Seattle’s most exciting seasons yet.