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Seattle cut its ties with former Alabama standout Kevin Norwood Monday, trading him to the Carolina Panthers for an undisclosed conditional pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

According to Kevin Patra of, the Seahawks had planned to cut the former fourth round pick (2014 NFL Draft), until it struck a trade with Carolina. Norwood caught nine passes for 102 yards last season, despite missing training and preseason because of a foot injury.

Carolina is 2-1 in preseason play, but its suffered some injuries at wide receiver.

Second-year receiver Kelvin Benjamin will miss this season with a knee injury (ACL), and first-round pick Devin Funchess is nursing a hamstring. Norwood may have more opportunities with Carolina than in Seattle; however, he will battle Corey Brown, Jerricho Cotchery, Ted Ginn, Jr., Jarrett Boykin and others for starting spot. He won three national titles at Alabama.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama Magazine and SB Nation. You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @ESPN_Future.

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Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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