mc Posted December 30, 2015 Share Posted December 30, 2015 Back in 2010 new Seahawks GM John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll ended up cutting 22 players that first season and started changing the way things were usually done in Seattle. They moved quickly cutting many long time favorites in the process. Within the first two years the team let go of over 40 players who were on the roster when Schneider and Carroll arrived in 2010.Among the players let go those first two years were Matt Hassellbeck,Deion Branch,Julius Jones,TJ Houshmandzadeh,Darryl Tapp,Seneca Wallace,Josh Wilson,Lawrence Jackson,Nick Reed,Deon Butler,Brian Russell,Kelly Jennings,etc.One of their philosophies was to admit their mistakes early especially ones in the draft quickly and not have players hanging around who weren't good enough to play. They are willing to move along quickly from bad draft picks to give more undrafted free agents opportunities to make the roster. Doug Baldwin,Jermaine Kearse,Ricardo Lockette,Michael Bennett,Steven Hauschka,Thomas Rawls are all undrafted.Seattle's focus was on keeping the best players no matter how those players were aquired. The Seahawks also lead the league in keeping undrafted free agents because during the preseason they give many new players time to play so they can hopefully sign as many players as possible. They also searched everywhere for talent the CFL,undrafted free agents,players other teams considered done,etc.Marshawn Lynch was becoming an afterthought on a Buffalo team that was starting Fred Jackson and had chosen C.J. Spiller in the first round. Seattle acquired him for two picks in the latter half of the draft, and two years later Lynch had concluded the third-most productive rushing season in franchise history.In April of 2010, the Seahawks sent a 2010 5th round pick in exchange for RB and KR Leon Washington and a 7th round pick. Washington scored 3 kick/punt return touchdowns in 2010 for Seattle.Cornerback Brandon Browner was an even bigger bargain, someone the Seahawks signed after he spent four years playing in the CFL. The lesson? Just because a player didnt fit someone elses prototype doesnt mean he cant be a productive, even Pro Bowl-caliber, contributor.Chris Clemons, whom the Seahawks acquired in a 2010 trade, was gotten along with a fourth-round pick for Darryl Tapp, a restricted free agent at the time.Offensive tackle Breno Giacomini was signed off the Packers practice squad and started at right tackle. Left guard Paul McQuistan was added in 2011, not on an NFL roster when the previous season concluded. Seattle traded a seventh round pick to Philly for offensive lineman Stacy Andrews.Carroll and Schneider did their best work not only in free agency but in the draft also getting Russell Okung,Earl Thomas,Golden Tate,Walter Thurmond,Kam Chancellor in their first draft in 2010. Very next draft they got Richard Sherman,Byron Maxwell,KJ Wright,James Carpenter. In 2012 Bruce Irvin,Bobby Wagner,Russell Wilson,Robert Turbin,Jeremy Lane,Winston Guy,JR Sweezy. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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