Seahawks release DE Grant Wistrom
By TIM BOOTH
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER
SEATTLE -- The Seattle Seahawks released fiery defensive end Grant Wistrom on Thursday after three years of struggling to match the big contract he signed in 2004.
Wistrom was scheduled to make $3.5 million for the 2007 season, part of a six-year, $33 million deal Wistrom signed during the 2004 offseason. His contract included a then-club-record $14 million in guaranteed money, but Wistrom never posted bignumbers with the Seahawks.
Calls to his agent, Tom Condon, were not immediately returned.
Wistrom's release comes a day after the team formally introduced new defensive end Patrick Kerney, who signed a six-year, $39.5 million contract. Coach Mike Holmgren said Kerney wasn't acquired to be "standing next to me on the sidelines."
After Kerney's introduction, general manager Tim Ruskell said Wistrom role with the team would be addressed. Presumably, with Kerney's arrival, the team was seeking to have Wistrom restructure his deal.
"We'll have to talk it through and we'll do that with Grant and his agents and see where it is after that," Ruskell said on Wednesday.
A day later, Wistrom was released.
With Wistrom's departure, Bryce Fisher will most likely move to right end and Kerney will start on the left side. Darryl Tapp was also used in a rotation last season, and Seattle often lined up linebacker Julian Peterson at defensive end in passing situations.
Wistrom was a favorite of Holmgren's for his intensity and hustle on the field. Despite his energy, Wistrom never produced the same numbers as his first six seasons in St. Louis.
Over the last two years, Wistrom had four sacks in each season, and his tackles fell from 52 in 2005 to 37 last year. Wistrom missed seven games during the 2004 season with injuries - his first in Seattle.
Wistrom played in 41 regular-season games with Seattle and had 11 1/2 sacks.
Hardly a surprise after the Kerney signing. Any theories on where he'll end up?