Seattle may have finished with the NFL’s third-worst passing offense, but to reverse a three-year passing slide, the Seahawks might have to give a little before they can receive.
Wide receivers Kelvin Martin and Terrence Warren are expected to be on the six-man list of players submitted to the Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars today for the expansion draft next month.
Also expected to be on the list are tight end Ferrell Edmunds, linebacker David Brandon, cornerback Orlando Watters and injured defensive lineman Tyrone Rodgers.
The list is expected to be finalized after new coach Dennis Erickson examines it with other officials.
The Seahawks can’t lose more than three of those players.
Though it may sound crazy for the receiver-thin Seahawks to expose two receivers, there is some reasoning.
Martin, one of the most popular players in the locker room, caught 56 passes last season, but his salary cap number for next season is $960,000. With the Seahawks likely to draft a wide receiver in the first round and possibly sign another in free agency, Martin’s job will be challenged.
If Martin isn’t starting, it would be hard for the Seahawks to keep his cap number at the $960,000 level.
Edmunds is the easiest name to figure on the Seahawks list. He has two bulging disks that could jeopardize his NFL future. His $1 million cap slot could free up plenty of money to find a couple of tight ends.
Watters started eight games filling in for injured cornerbacks, but lost his job late in the season. Rodgers is a leading candidate from the injured reserve list. Each team can submit one player from their injured reserve list on opening day.
Putting Brandon on the list was more of a favor. His cap value will be $775,000, but Brandon has the athletic skills to be a starter in the NFL. With the linebacker-rich Seahawks, he was the seventh of seven linebackers but an important member of the coverage units on special teams.
More aides hired: Erickson has hired two more assistant coaches who were fired along with head coach Tom Flores Dec. 29 - defensive line coach Tommy Brasher and running backs coach Clarence Shelmon.
Erickson said he will hire two more defensive assistant coaches.
Earlier, Erickson hired eight assistants, including offensive line coach Howard Mudd and Bob Bratkowski, a former Erickson assistant in Miami, who will be offensive coordinator.
Erickson is bringing six Miami assistants with him - Greg McMackin, Gregg Smith, Rich Olson, Dave Arnold, Willy Robinson and Dana LeDuc. McMackin was his defensive coordinator at Miami, but Erickson said he didn’t know if McMackin would hold the same position here.
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