Babineaux returns, Terrill gone

The Seahawks continued to tweak their roster today, re-signing defensive back Jordan Babineaux, who had been released over the weekend on the roster cut to 53 players.

To clear a spot for Babineaux, defensive tackle Craig Terrill was released.

Babineaux was the starting free safety last season, when he registered a career-high 105 tackles – making him the first Seahawks safety to collect triple-digit tackles since Robert Blackmon in 1996. But he lost the starting spot when Earl Thomas was selected in the first round of April’s NFL draft. Babineaux was moved to strong safety, but replaced when veteran Lawyer Milloy was re-signed in late April.

Babineaux, who made the team as a rookie free agent in 2004, has started games at cornerback and strong safety as well as free safety, but his primary role has been as an extra corner in the nickel and dime packages.

He earned the nickname “Big Play Babs” because of his habit of making game-winning or -saving plays. None was bigger than his tackle of Cowboys quarterback/holder Tony Romo just short of the goal line to preserve a wild-card playoff victory over Dallas in 2006.

Terrill was a fifth-round draft choice in 2004 and played in the tackle rotation. He had three sacks in a Monday night win over the Raiders at Qwest Field in 2006 and also blocked five field goals to rank second in club history to Joe Nash (eight).

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