With the preseason now in the rear-view mirror and the regular season only 10 days away from kicking off, the Seahawks and all 32 NFL teams must reduce their rosters from 80 to 53 players by Tuesday at 1 PM PST.
This means 27 players who were on the roster for the preseason finale against the Los Angeles Chargers on Saturday will no longer be on the team, at least until Seattle can begin assembling a 16-player practice squad starting on Wednesday.
Over the next several days, reports and rumors will be flying around with all 32 rosters undergoing immense changes. Players will initially be cut, some will be claimed off waivers by other teams, and then a second wave of players will be cut. Trades will also materialize, bringing further roster shuffling.
Teams will have until Wednesday at 1 PM PST to put claims on waived players cut by other teams. Immediately after that deadline passes, teams can start to sign players to their respective practice squads.
Which Seahawks will survive roster cuts and make the 53? And which ones will be on the outside looking in? Keep tabs on all the latest reports and rumors here as the final roster takes shape in coming days.
2:51 PM: Per Doug Kyed of Pro Football Focus, the Seahawks are waiving receiver Darece Roberson. The 23-year old Wayne State alum reeled in a touchdown late in the team's preseason finale against the Chargers on Saturday.
4:04 PM: Seattle is waiving tight end Ian Bunting, as first reported by ESPN's Brady Henderson. Bunting was signed last week following Luke Willson's sudden retirement.
4:56 PM: Not a cut, but the Seahawks have acquired cornerback Sidney Jones in a trade with the Jaguars. His acquisition could spell bad news for the likes of Damarious Randall and/or Tre Flowers.
10:21 PM: According to Brady Henderson of ESPN, Seattle is waiving tight end Cam Sutton. The former Fresno State Bulldog had a blocked punt in the team's mock game in early August.
6:52 AM: According to Brady Henderson of ESPN, the Seahawks are waiving second-year tackle Tommy Champion and undrafted rookie Jared Hocker. Champion spent all of last season on the practice squad and could return in that capacity again in 2021. Hocker may also be a practice squad candidate to develop at guard.
8:09 AM: Undrafted rookie defensive lineman Jarrod Hewitt is being waived, per ESPN's Brady Henderson. Hewitt had a sack against the Broncos in the Seahawks' second preseason game of the summer.
8:51 AM: Per Henderson, Seattle waived receiver Travis Toivonen, who signed with the team as a free agent out of North Dakota. He caught two passes for 32 yards in three preseason games.
9:10 AM: Per a source, the Seahawks will be waiving cornerback John Reid, who was acquired from the Texans last week via trade. Seattle will not have to surrender a conditional seventh-round draft choice in 2023, as the terms of the deal required him to play in six or more regular season games for the pick to go to Houston. It remains possible the team could re-sign Reid to the practice squad.
9:14 AM: According to Henderson, the Seahawks have waived receiver Connor Wedington. The former Sumner High School standout caught three passes for 21 yards during the preseason, but faced steep odds of making the roster at a crowded position group. He may be a practice squad consideration.
9:26 AM: According to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times, the Seahawks have waived rookie running back Josh Johnson. The former Louisiana Monroe standout played well in the preseason, rushing for 75 yards and adding 23 receiving yards in three games. The organization remains hopeful he can be brought back on the practice squad.
9:52 AM: According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, the Seahawks released guard Jordan Simmons with hopes of bringing him back on the practice squad. The fifth-year veteran appeared in 14 games with six starts in 2020, but he lost out on snaps to Phil Haynes during training camp.
10:31 AM: In somewhat of a minor surprise, the Seahawks are waiving tight end Tyler Mabry, per Henderson. This would seem to indicate the team is confident Colby Parkinson (foot) is close to returning to game action.
10:47 AM: Center Brad Lundblade is being waived by Seattle, per Henderson. Lundblade played 131 snaps in the preseason and earned a 72.2 overall grade from Pro Football Focus.
11:42 AM: Per Condotta, the Seahawks have waived second-year cornerback Gavin Heslop, who turned in a steady training camp playing outside and in the slot. Given his development, the team hopes to bring him back on the practice squad.
11:53 AM: Receivers Cody Thompson and Aaron Fuller are being waived by the Seahawks, according to Henderson. Both had impressive training camps and solid preseasons, but it appears the team will instead keep undrafted rookie Cade Johnson as their sixth receiver or stick at five with DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, Dee Eskridge, Freddie Swain and Penny Hart.
12:07 PM: Henderson reports that the Seahawks have waived linebacker Lakiem Williams, who signed with the team following a tryout near the start of training camp. He had seven combined tackles in 49 snaps played this preseason.
1:06 PM: The cutdown deadline has passed, but the Seahawks have yet to announce their 53-man roster. However, we know another name who will be among those cut today as Henderson reports the team is waiving safety Joshua Moon.
2:26 PM: In what is by far the biggest surprise of today's cuts, Henderson is reporting the Seahawks will be waiving receiver Penny Hart. Though he missed two preseason games with an ankle injury, many assumed Hart had locked up on a spot on Seattle's roster with a strong start in OTAs, mandatory minicamp and training camp. This would appear to be good news for Cade Johnson, or may be an indication the team will look outside the organization to upgrade the bottom half of their receiving corps.
3:23 PM: The Seahawks have officially unveiled their initial 53-man roster. Among those cut/waived are defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche, cornerback Damarious Randall and safety Aashari Crosswell.