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Milloy says he's joining Seahawks

SEATTLE -- Cornerback Marcus Trufant will miss the first six
games for the Seahawks. And veteran safety Brian Russell is gone,
about to be replaced by 35-year-old Lawyer Milloy.

Those were the biggest moves the team announced Saturday while
trimming its roster to 53 players for the regular season.

"It's official ....I'm a Seahawk! Let's go!!!!" Milloy posted
on his Twitter page.

A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press
on Saturday evening that the former Washington Husky will be a
Seahawk, pending completion of the contract. The person spoke on
the condition of anonymity because the deal is not yet official.

Milloy started the last three seasons for Atlanta, which
released him in February. He worked out for the Detroit Lions this
week. The 13-year veteran grew up in Tacoma, Wash., and played
college ball at Washington.

Trufant, a Pro Bowl selection in 2007, has not practiced since
before training camp because of a disc issue in his back. He begins
the season on the physically-unable-to-perform list. He is not
eligible to play until at least Nov. 1 at Dallas, after Seattle's
bye.

Nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Walter Jones is on the active
roster even though he recently had his second knee surgery in eight
months. That indicates the Seahawks think the 35-year-old can
return soon, and is not out for the season as has been rumored.

Seattle also decided its kicker will again be veteran Olindo
Mare when it waived 2008 draft pick Brandon Coutu.

The 36-year-old Mare made 89 percent of his field goals and
boomed kickoffs deep for valued touchbacks last season, yet Seattle
kept Coutu on the roster all last season as a rare backup kicker.
Coutu had worked in Atlanta this summer on kickoffs and mental
preparation with Morten Anderson, the league's all-time scoring
leader who retired from the Falcons last spring. Yet Coutu's
kickoffs were still shorter than Mare's in the preseason.

"He's just going to be a Cracker Jack kicker in this league, in
my opinion," Seahawks special teams coach Bruce DeHaven said of
Coutu during training camp. "I think Brandon is more than ready to
kick in the league. He's has the disadvantage right now of going
against a guy that is really good, too."

At the start of training camp, Seahawks president Tim Ruskell
said Russell was fighting for his job at free safety. Saturday, he
lost.

The 31-year-old Russell joined Seattle as a free agent from
Cleveland before the 2007 season. He and fellow newcomer Deon Grant
fixed a problem of allowing big plays that year, but Russell and
Grant were beaten repeatedly last season when Seattle had the
league's worst-rated pass defense.

The Seahawks also released wide receiver Courtney Taylor, who
started four games last season when the position was decimated by
injuries. That means Ben Obomanu has won the final wide receiver
spot.

Another Courtney, safety Greene, was the only rookie draft
choice released.

Seattle terminated the contract of veteran backup linebacker
D.D. Lewis, who became expendable when Leroy Hill re-signed and the
team drafted Aaron Curry fourth overall in April.

The release of Baraka Atkins, a fourth-round pick in 2007, means
undrafted free agents Derek Walker out of Illinois and Michael
Bennett of Texas A&M are backups on the defensive line. Summer star
Nick Reed, a rookie seventh-round pick out of Oregon, is another
backup defensive end.

The Seahawks kept six defensive ends, one more than usual. That
includes the veteran starters: 32-year-old Patrick Kerney and
28-year-old Cory Redding.

Also released: safety Jamar Adams, guard Brian De La Puente,
cornerback Marquis Floyd, tackle Na'Shan Goddard, wide receiver
Mike Hass, cornerback Kevin Hobbs, fullback David Kirtman, rookie
running back Devin Moore, cornerback Nate Ness, tight end Joe
Newton, wide receiver Logan Payne, linebacker Dave Philistin,
tackle Andre Ramsey, tackle William Robinson and quarterback Jeff
Rowe.

The team reached an injury settlement then waived wide receiver
Jordan Kent. Kent, a former multi-sport star at Oregon and the son
of Ducks basketball coach Ernie Kent, was injured in the second
half of Thursday night's preseason finale.

Guard Cory Withrow, a native of Spokane and former Washington
State player signed to a free-agent contract this summer, also
received an injury settlement.