The stunning trade of cornerback Josh Wilson clears up at least one roster quandary the Seahawks were going to face Saturday, when they need to cut 21 players to get down to the league-mandated roster size of 53.
The team’s deepest positions in this camp have been defensive line and cornerback, and they also will have tough decisions to make at wide receiver, running back and linebacker.
Trading Wilson to Baltimore means Kelly Jennings—the guy we thought might be on the trade block—will be the starter and Roy Lewis will make the team.
Jennings was one of several guys we thought were living on the bubble. But with Wilson gone, he’s firmly inside the bubble.
Then there is Leroy Hill, another guy who might have been on the edge. After taking a $4 million pay cut, it looks like he is safe. He is suspended for the first game of the season and is still recovering from a sprained knee, but when he is ready to return, it appears he will have a roster spot.
Still, the Seahawks are going to have to decide what to do in the interim, and that could mean both Tyjuan Hagler and Matt McCoy will make the opening-day roster.
Here’s a breakdown of the roster heading into the final preseason game Thursday and the final cuts Saturday (using the NFL’s injury report designations):