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Seahawks cut Kent, sign McMullen
Posted Sep. 09 at 02:57 PM
Shocker in Seattle. The Seahawks just lost wide receiver Nate Burleson for the season. That took them down to just three healthy receivers on the roster – Jordan Kent, Logan Payne and Courtney Taylor.
But then the Seahawks took that down to two today, releasing Kent. That’s a big surprise, because Kent played well in the preseason – and spent all of August working exclusively at Burleson’s split end position. As well as Kent played in the preseason, we would have figured, raw as he is, that Kent would have been pretty productive as a fill-in. But he had problems getting open at Buffalo, and the Seahawks coaches, apparently, don’t feel he’s ready.
Instead, the Seahawks cut him loose. They probably will try to re-sign him to their practice squad (that’s if he clears waivers – as good as he looked in August, some team may file a claim for him). For this weekend, Payne and Taylor should be their main guys. They also signed veteran journeyman Billy McMullen today, and Mike Holmgren says quarterback Seneca Wallace might fill in at receiver as well. The team’s top two receivers (Bobby Engram and Deion Branch) should return after the team’s week 4 bye.
In fantasy circles, McMullen is best know as the receiver that Philadelphia traded to Minnesota to get Hank Baskett. It looked like a possible disaster for the Vikings when Baskett put up monster numbers in the preseason two years ago. But Baskett hasn’t quite gotten over the hump – at least not yet. The Vikings released McMullen, and he was out of football last year.
There’s a story on the Seahawks’ receiver situation at the website of The Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
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