Building a 53-man roster out of former Seahawks: Where are they now?
63 former Seahawks on 29 other rosters, what would that team look like? 8/14/2023
One of the telltale signs that the Seattle Seahawks were becoming an NFL franchise success story in the early Pete Carroll years was the number of players who weren’t good enough to make the roster, but good enough to have key roles on other teams. By 2014, getting cut or too expensive to be re-signed by the Seahawks felt like a rite of passage to become a standout somewhere else.
Seattle lost that magic for a while—partly evidenced by their lack of compensatory picks lately—but in my search on Monday for former Seahawks who are still playing in the league, I could only find two teams in the entire NFL who do not employ such a player.
At least, not yet.
Even one of those two teams, the Dallas Cowboys, employ both an offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator off of the Pete Carroll tree. The other team was the New England Patriots…ah, so THAT’S why Bill Belichick hasn’t won anything since 2020!
When I started this project, I figured I might get about 20 names to review and that I’d just briefly write about how they’re doing and their chances of making a 53-man roster. Instead, I found 63 former Seahawks who are currently on 90-man rosters with 29 other teams and that’s enough to basically construct a 53-man roster and practice squad on its own.
So let’s do that instead.
This may not be a “good” NFL team, but I actually think they could at least compete with the Arizona Cardinals.
We’ll come back and review the list again at final cuts to see how many former Seahawks made it and who didn’t make it this time around. Join the Regular Joes club to get access to this article, the archives, over 100 bonus posts in the next year, and/or to support a Seahawks newsletter reach the highest highs of online journalism.