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Seahawks cut defensive end, leaving roster space open

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As Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider continues to tinker with the team’s 90-man roster heading into training camp, one roster spot was left open after a development perspective was released.

According to the NFL’s transaction announcement, the Seahawks released defensive end Alex Tchangam Gregory Bell of the Tacoma News Tribune. However, the Seahawks haven’t taken a corresponding step, meaning the current 90-man roster has just 89 players, leaving one roster spot open.

The Seahawks still have plenty of time before training camp begins, so expect a move to fill Schneider’s 90-man roster in the near future.

Tchangam signed a futures contract with the Seahawks back in January, and while he’s never been able to get on the field during an NFL game, his league journey has been amazing.

The 25-year-old defensive end was born in Cameroon but moved to Georgia in middle school. Tchangam grew up around soccer and basketball in Cameroon and didn’t actually play soccer at Chattahoochee High School.

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It wasn’t until junior college at De Anza College that Tchangam finally started playing football. However, it wasn’t long before he morphed into a defensive playmaker, amassing 12.5 sacks in his sophomore season.

After a solid two years in junior college as a pass rusher, Tchangam made the move to Colorado, where he appeared in 20 games over two seasons. He was not drafted after his collegiate career ended in 2020, but was drafted into the Seahawks’ practice team in August 2021.

This is the third time Tchangam has been released by the Seahawks in the last year. That means there’s still hope the Seahawks will bring him back at some point, but another team could potentially bring him on as a development prospect considering he’s only been playing football for a couple of years.

While the Seahawks parted ways with a development project at Tchangam, the team still has two talented players at the defensive end position who are currently listed on the depth chart.

The likely starter on the defensive end will be Shelby Harris, who was acquired from the Denver Broncos in a trade with Russell Wilson. The 30-year-old was a seventh-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft, but he’s also thrived as a pro in recent seasons, amassing 14.5 sacks and 18 pass deviations over the past three years.

Harris also helped give the Seahawks some more financial flexibility this offseason by restructuring his contract to allow significant leeway. He will at least make an important contribution to passing down, as he is able to rush the passer and knock down passes as a line of scrimmage.

Darrell Taylor, a second-round pick in 2020, is another sideline player who could have a big impact on Seattle’s defense. After missing his entire rookie season, Taylor showed promise as a pass rusher, amassing 6.5 sacks and 13 quarterback hits in 16 games.

With Harris and Taylor chasing the quarterback, the rest of the Seahawks defense has more opportunities to make plays, especially the defenders trying to generate turnovers.

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