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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Seahawks Release Solomon Bates

From José Miguel Romero and Chris Cluff at the Seattle Times:

The Seahawks waived linebacker Solomon Bates yesterday morning, bringing his two-year stint in Seattle to a close.

That leaves the Seahawks with 10 linebackers on the roster, but only six practiced yesterday. D.D. Lewis, Cornelius Wortham and Lofa Tatupu are still recovering from injuries, and Jamie Sharper was given the day off for rest.

The move to release Bates, who started three games last season, was a sign that the team believes it has enough depth and talent at linebacker. Bates, 23, was a Seahawks fourth-round draft pick out of Arizona State in 2003.

Bates also was a contributor on special teams, but apparently fell out of favor with coaches this offseason. He got most of his snaps with the third-team defense in minicamps and training camp.
The Seahawks have the option of signing a new player to fill the vacated roster spot.

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