RENTON, WA.—The Seattle Seahawks continued to shrink their roster by making more cuts on Sunday. Running back Julius Jones, defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson, safety Jordan Babineaux and fullback Owen Schmitt were released by the team.
Both Jones and Babineaux had contracts that called for them to make more than $2 million this season. As vested veterans, both would have had those salaries guaranteed if they had been on the roster in Week 1. Babineaux began his Seahawks career as a cornerback, playing specifically in nickel situations. He became a starting safety last season. Cutting him means Seattle will go into the season with Earl Thomas and Lawyer Milloy the starting safeties, Kam Chancellor and Kevin Ellison the backups.
Jones played two seasons in Seattle after he was signed as a free agent in 2008.
The Seahawks will sign Junior Siavii, released by the Dallas Cowboys over the weekend. Vickerson is a positively mammoth defensive tackle, someone who added size inside.
The Seahawks also traded an undisclosed 2011 draft choice to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for offensive lineman Stacy Andrews. The club also claimed guard Evan Dietrich-Smith (Green Bay) and cornerback Nate Ness (Miami) off of waivers. Andrews, 29, was originally drafted in the fourth round by Cincinnati in 2004. He played five seasons with the Bengals before signing with Philadelphia prior to the 2009 season. Andrews has started 34 of 72 games played. Dietrich-Smith, 24, originally signed with Green Bay as a non-drafted free agent on May 1, 2009. He was the only non-drafted rookie to make the Packers' opening-day roster in 2009. Dietrich-Smith played in 13 games last season for the Packers. Ness, 24, spent time on the Miami Dolphins practice squad in 2009. To make room, the Seahawks released safety Kevin Ellison, center Steve Vallos and tackle Mansfield Wrotto.