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Seahawks make change at tight end

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John Owens is no longer a Seattle Seahawk. The backup tight end was terminated on Tuesday and replaced by Chris Baker, a free agent who spent three years with the Jets before playing last year in New England.

Owens, a six-year veteran, played in all 16 games last season and started three times. At 30-years-old, he caught three passes for 16 yards after being signed last May. Before playing in Seattle, Owens spent three seasons with Detroit and two with the New Orleans Saints.

The Seahawks said on Tuesday that the termination of Owens' contract was "part of an ongoing roster revamping". In addition to releasing Owens, the Seahawks waived running back Xavier Omon, who was signed to the practice squad last November.

Baker has 159 career receptions, averaging 10.4 yards per catch. He also has 14 touchdowns over his eight-season NFL career.

Tuesday's moves were the latest in a string of comings and goings for new general manager John Schnieder and new head coach Pete Carroll. Earlier, they traded quarterback Seneca Wallace to the Browns, defensive end Darryl Tapp to the Eagles and guard Rob Sims to the Lions. They also allowed three other unrestricted free agents to sign with other teams: Nate Burleson (to the Lions), defensive lineman Cory Redding (to the Ravens) and linebacker Lance Laury (to the Jets). Strong safety Deon Grant was released two weeks ago and signed with the Giants.

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