The Seahawks were destined to release one of their eight receivers, if only because it left them thin at other positions. And, in the wake of cornerback Jeremy Lane’s groin injury, they apparently have waived wide receiver Phil Bates.
The move, first reported by The Seattle Times, clears a spot on the roster for the team to add a cornerback. They are down to three — Richard Sherman, Byron Maxwell and Marcus Burley — after injuries knocked out Lane and Tharold Simon (out four weeks after knee surgery).
The Hawks could look at bringing back Akeem Auguste, who knows the system and was released in final cuts last weekend. They also could look at veterans who were cut by other teams (but it is doubtful they would go after 36-year-old Champ Bailey, released this year by both Denver and New Orleans).
The Hawks seem unlikely to go for a vested veteran, or they would have waited until Monday to released Bates and sign a veteran corner (veteran salaries are no longer guaranteed for the season after Week 1).
At receiver, the Hawks are stacked. Behind Percy Harvin, Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse are Ricardo Lockette, Paul Richardson, Bryan Walters and Kevin Norwood.
Bates is still eligible for the practice squad if he clears waivers.