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Monday, August 29, 2005

Seahawks Release Cochran; Pork Chop Out 6 Weeks

From Mike Sando at The News Tribune:

The letter Seattle Seahawks president Tim Ruskell sent to players in March left little room for interpretation.

Participation in the team’s offseason workout program was one of his expectations. Some players showed up. Veteran defensive end Antonio Cochran chose to stay away, and on Sunday the Seahawks released him.

Cochran’s termination after six seasons with the team stemmed from factors that went beyond workouts, of course. The 29-year-old veteran stood to earn $1.5 million this season, and the team had decided to build its defense around smaller, quicker ends.

Whatever the reasoning, Cochran apparently did not fit. He leaves the Seahawks with 151/2 sacks in 82 games, including 61/2 sacks last season.

The Seahawks appeared to lack quality depth at the position even with Cochran on the roster. Perhaps to that end, Ruskell sent a conditional draft choice to Chicago on Sunday for defensive end Alain Kashama.


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