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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.

October 12, 2011 at 4:17 PM

None of Ruskell's first-rounders remain Seahawks

Posted by Danny O'Neil

For all the changes to the Seahawks roster last year -- and there were nearly 300 of them -- it wasn't until this year that Seattle cut ties with some of the players picked to be cornerstones under former president Tim Ruskell.

First, Seattle made no real effort to re-sign center Chris Spencer, who left for Chicago as a free agent. Then, the Seahawks traded cornerback Kelly Jennings to Cincinnati before the regular season began. Now, it is expected that Aaron Curry will be traded to the Oakland Raiders, a deal that hasn't quite been finalized, but is largely expected.

Of the 37 players that Seattle drafted while Ruskell was president, only nine remain on the team. Six of those players are on the active roster, two are on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list and tight end John Carlson is on injured reserve.


The Seahawks drafted 37 players in president Tim Ruskell's five years as team president. Nine remain on the team, only three on the active roster:
LBLeroy HillClemson2005, 3rd round (No. 98 overall)On active roster
WRBen ObomanuAuburn2006, 7th round (No. 249 overall)On active roster
DTBrandon MebaneCalifornia2007, 3rd round (No. 124 overall)On active roster
TEJohn CarlsonNotre Dame2008, 2nd round (No. 38 overall)On Injured Reserve
DTRed BryantTexas A&M 2008, 4th round (No. 121 overall)On active roster
RBJustin ForsettCalifornia2008, 7th round (No. 233 overall)On active roster
CMax UngerOregon2009, 2nd round (No. 49 overall)On active roster
WRDeon ButlerPenn State2009, 3rd round (No. 91 overall)On PUP
TECameron MorrahCalifornia2009, 7th round (No. 248 overall)On PUP


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To blame Ruskell because PC cut players is stupid. Look, it's not like they are not playing for other teams. They are all starting, right??...  Posted on October 15, 2011 at 9:49 PM by Ronbo. Jump to comment
Danny, am curious as to what the national average is for drafted players on a roster after 5 years. Do you have that statistic? One would think...  Posted on October 13, 2011 at 7:47 AM by TWN. Jump to comment
@BD! about ruskell - to ruin the bears (and any other team he may join in the future)  Posted on October 13, 2011 at 2:54 AM by whodis. Jump to comment

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