Seahawks trade 6th rounder for Marcus Burley

After a difficult night in Oakland, it isn’t a total surprise that Seattle looked elsewhere for an extra corner. Phillip Adams and Akeem Auguste had rough outings. The Seahawks are likely to gain a cluster of conditional picks next year and they’ve chosen to give up a 6th for Burley.

He’s 23 and another native of Richmond, Virginia. He went undrafted in 2013 and had spells in Jacksonville, Philadelphia, St. Louis and Indianapolis. He’s listed at 5-10 and 189lbs and hasn’t made a NFL start.


This was also expected. Toomer hasn’t had a fair crack due to injury, while Mayowa was outplayed by O’Brien Schofield.

Veteran tackle Eric Winston is something of surprise cut. Gary Gilliam has tweeted he made the team — clearly the Seahawks feel good about his development. Jimmy Staten and Phillip Adams were also cut.

Here’s the cut list in full:

Bryan Walters’ agent vented a little bit on Twitter:

It means receiver Phil Bates made the cut. He had a strong camp, even if he was quiet in some of the pre-season games. The Seahawks are carrying seven receivers including Kevin Norwood. They only have four running backs — including full back Derrick Coleman. Steve Schilling beat out Caylin Hauptmann.


  1. redzone086

    More surprising to me is the trade route vs waiting for wire pickups for depth help. I wouldn’t be shocked to to see a trade for Dt.

    • Belgaron

      Being 32nd in waiver order changes their strategies.

  2. redzone086

    Keep thinking HAWKS want a big receiver but who would go? Just not in the cards this year.

  3. PatrickH

    Does anyone know, whether Marcus Burley has returned punt before?

    • redzone086

      Yes In college he played KR for Delware

  4. redzone086

    Players Cut: OT Wade Smith, CB Terrell Thomas, OT Cory Brandon, RB Demitrius Bronson, S Mike Dobson, DE Jackson Jeffcoat, WR Kevin Smith, CB Thomas Wolfe, DT Michael Brooks, WR David Gilreath, LB Horace Miller, QB Terrelle Pryor, OT Eric Winston, CB Phillip Adams, DE Benson Mayowa

  5. PatrickH

    According to Seattletimes, the following is the 53-player roster (for now):

    Quarterbacks (2): Russell Wilson, Tarvaris Jackson
    Running backs/Fullback (4): Marshawn Lynch, Christine Michael, Robert Turbin, Derrick Coleman
    Wide receivers (7): Percy Harvin, Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Paul Richardson, Ricardo Lockette, Kevin Norwood, Phil Bates
    Tight ends (3): Zach Miller, Luke Willson, Cooper Helfet
    Offensive line (9): Russell Okung, James Carpenter, Max Unger, J.R. Sweezy, Justin Britt, Alvin Bailey, Lemuel Jeanpierre, Stephen Schilling, Garry Gilliam
    Defensive line (9): Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, Brandon Mebane, Tony McDaniel, Kevin Williams, Greg Scruggs, Cassius Marsh, O’Brien Schofield, Jordan Hill
    Linebackers (7): Bobby Wagner, Bruce Irvin, K.J. Wright, Malcolm Smith, Mike Morgan, Brock Coyle, Kevin Pierre-Louis
    Cornerbacks (5): Richard Sherman, Byron Maxwell, Jeremy Lane, Tharold Simon, Marcus Burley (trade with Colts)
    Safeties (4): Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Jeron Johnson, DeShawn Shead
    Specialists (3): Jon Ryan, Steven Hauschka, Clint Gresham

  6. Austin

    How legit is Burley’s #3 ranking in the preseason? Any scouting on him ?

    • Rob Staton

      Never seen him play.

  7. Miles

    Yeah, that Bryan Walters cut hurts me. I wasn’t sold on him until recently but the fact he can return punts and do it well makes it hard to see keeping Bates as the 7th WR over him. I didn’t think Bates played well at all save one or two plays. But that’s why I’m not in the front office calling the shots.

    • Arias

      I think that Bates is proof that there’s obviously much more that coaches use to decide who stays and who goes than just preseason game performance. Bates only had two catches but all the news out of camp was that he had taken the next step and vastly improved as a player.

  8. Miles

    Rob, now that Brandon Coleman was cut by the Saints, are you going to be lobbying to get him on the Practice squad?

    • Rob Staton

      No, because the Seahawks have seven receivers on their roster.

    • David

      Seahawks signed WR Chris Matthews to their PS.

  9. Colin

    The Burley acquisition has the potential to be a very underrated move. Adding another good looking DB to a team that has the best secondary and secondary coaching in the league. Schneider could have just looted the perennially overrated Ryan Grigson.

    • Belgaron

      This was a major point in the chatter in Indy yesterday. While many applauded the organization’s ability to convert a signed and developed a guy into a future draft pick, there were others who said they thought he’d earned a spot on their team and might have been better off keeping him, especially given Carroll’s ability to evaluate DB talent.

  10. CC

    Some interesting cuts – but not overly surprising. The Toomer project is over – he’s had more chances than most, but our LB core is so deep. I’m glad Mike Morgan is back – he’s underrated IMO.

    Gilliam on the OLine is a guy who they must feel has a lot of potential – he’s a big guy!

    Feel bad for Mayowa, but once again – he had his chances. I really like the trade for another slot DB – he’s fast and we will be playing against some quick slot guys this year.

    With all those receivers – does anyone think we may throw more? Maybe 30 times a game vs 25-27?

    • Steeeve

      Well, with Harvin doing fly sweeps as part of the offense he’s kind of a WR/RB as far as the passing/running #s go.

  11. Arias

    “With A.J. Jefferson injured it’s probably a safe bet Seattle’s final defensive back comes in from another team. On the plus side Deshawn Shead had a good performance.”

    You called this one Rob, good going. I was scratching my head a bit when you made this prediction, but sure enough it was a safe bet.

  12. Austin

    Rob nailed it. I think at this point I will trust this staff that Burley can help us. His PFF ranking is a plus and Carroll and company haven’t missed very often in the secondary.

  13. PatrickH

    Well, Benson Mayowa has been claimed by the Raiders, Hauptmann and Kiero Small have been claimed by the Browns, and Korey Toomer has signed with the Cowboys.

  14. Forrest

    Other than choosing Bates over Walters, and cutting Kiero Small (one of my favorite draft picks), I’m very happy with this roster. The offense looks like it could be top 10, the defense still seems to be dominant, and other than the Oakland game the special teams looked very good…I don’t think Bates will be around for long though. Bates is probably standing in for Norwood until he’s fully recovered, and he will probably get cut when Irvin comes back…I’m also looking forward to B.J. Daniels (I think he will overtake TJack next year, and he looked pretty good this preseason).

  15. PatrickH

    Interesting move – Seahawks have brought back Bryan Walters and released Phil Bates.

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