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Posted Sept. 05, 2010 @ 11:23 a.m. ET
By Dan Arkush

Updated Sept. 6, 2010 @ 12:46 p.m. ET

On a busy day even by their routinely high-energy standards, the winds of change continued to blow briskly for the Seahawks Saturday, with the exits of high-priced WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh and offensive line coach Alex Gibbs highlighting a host of significant developments. It's hard to imagine the Seahawks' headquarters not having a state-of-the-art revolving door, with players constantly coming and going since Pete Carroll became the head coach. After the release of 20 players yesterday, only 30 players from last season's roster remain on the team.

In addition to the release of the 32-year-old Houshmandzadeh — who is guaranteed $7 million from the Seahawks this season minus the veteran minimum salary, which is what he reportedly signed for with Baltimore on Monday — and the 69-year-old Gibbs' stunning retirement announcement just eight days before the start of the season, the Seahawks obtained OL Stacy Andrews in a trade with the Eagles, placed key backup OT Ray Willis on injured reserve and immediately triggered rumors of a Carroll reunion with Matt Leinart with the release of QB J.P. Losman

The PFW spin

Live! From Seattle! It's Saturday Afternoooon! Shedding the roster of Houshmandzadeh, who hardly endeared himself to many in the Seahawks' organization, according to sources close to the team, was big enough news, considering the big investment the team had made in him.

But with Gibbs seemingly out of nowhere deciding to throw in the towel — daily team observers say he certainly seemed into his job like normal on the practice field — it wasn't just another day at the office for a new regime that has given new meaning to the term "rebuilding."

Let's go back to the Houshmandzadeh release for a minute. It really would appear he had become expendable if WR Mike Williams' apparent rejuvenation after a two-year hiatus from the NFL is indeed not a mirage and youngsters Deon Butler and Golden Tate can provide an impact along with oldster Deion Branch, who has disappointed more often than not in his time in Seattle.

But Gibbs' exit doesn't bode well at all for an offensive line that already was hurting big-time. Not only had it already lost its top backup in Willis for the season, but first-round OLT Russell Okung and free-agent pickups Ben Hamilton and Chester Pitts are currently saddled with injuries.

As for Andrews, he offers size (6-7, 340) and versatility (he can play both guard and tackle), but he also has had a very hard time staying healthy.

The release of Losman definitely opens the door for a new No. 3 quarterback behind Matt Hasselbeck and Charlie Whitehurst. But considering how much Carroll continues to genuinely gush over Whitehurst, the likelihood of Leinart reuniting with his former coach at USC seems remote.

Of course, with this team, it appears you never can be certain of anything.

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