Seattle Seahawks Sign Entire Rookie Class, Including James Carpenter

Undrafted free agents may be a big piece of the Seattle Seahawks rebuilding process. Teams can begin signing undrafted players on Tuesday, so here's a few players to track.

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Seahawks Draft Picks 2011: All Seahawks Rookies Have Signed With Team

The Seahawks wasted little time in locking down the last of their draft picks on Friday. OT James Carpenter and OG John Moffitt both signed yesterday to round out the group of nine rookies selected in this year's draft that are now under contract and participating in training camp. 

Per Brian McIntyre, under the new CBA, teams are given an allotment to spend on rookies -- called the "Year One Rookie Allocation," and the Seahawks commitment sits between $4.643 and $4.933 million -- and that's for all rookies combined. This number is easily manageable for the club was one of the main items the owners pushed for in the CBA negotiations. 

For those of you keeping track at home, Lazarius "Pep" Levingston, a DE out of LSU selected in the 7th round, was the first Seahawks rookie to sign a deal with the team. He was followed by S Mark LeGree out of Appalachian State and then on Thursday they were joined by WR Kris Durham, CB Richard Sherman, DB Byron Maxwell, and LB Malcolm Smith. By Friday, all rookies were present and accounted for. 

The only numbers I've seen so far are, again, per Brian MacIntyre: Kris Durham with a4 year, $2.504M deal ($464,260 signing bonus) and Mark LeGree with a 4 year, $2.218M deal ($178,532 signing bonus).


Seahawks Sign First-Round OT James Carpenter

Former University of Alabama standout and first-round draft pick of the Seattle Seahawks James Carpenter has officially been signed to the team and will be on the practice field for Friday's training camp. 

The 6'4" 321 pound Carpenter was the 25th overall pick in 2011 after he played 27 games at left tackle in his two full seasons with Nick Saban and Alabama. He now will and uphill battle as Carpenter will compete for a starting spot at right tackle alongside guys like Russell Okung and Max Unger, and a slew of freshly signed faces. 

Carpenter will be a great fit and a big body on the O-line to protect newly acquired quarterback Tavaris Jackson, and is known to open up so big holes for guys like Marshawn Lynch to plow through. If he can stay healthy, I see Carpenter getting a good amount of time on the field as he learns the ropes of the NFL.

For more on the Seahawks, check out Field Gulls to get your fix.


K.J. Wright Signs With Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks have signed fourth round pick K.J. Wright. The linebacker, who comes in at 6'4, 250 pounds, signed earlier today and will join the team in the near future.

Danny O'Neil broke the news with this tweet:

#Seahawks have signed LB K.J. Wright. OT James Carpenter and OG John Moffitt are team's only remaining unsigned picks.

Wright will come to camp and compete for playing time immediately, but he'll likely need quite a bit of time to adjust and develop before seeing any real time on the field. The 24-year old linebacker was a team captain his senior year at Mississippi State and played in 34 consecutive games.

No official details of the contract have been released, though that will likely change in the near future.

Welcome to the Seattle Seahawks, K.J.


Seahawks NFL Draft Picks: Kris Durham, Mark LeGree Reportedly Agree To Contracts

Brian McIntyre of Football Outsiders already reported on the Seattle Seahawks signing defensive back Byron Maxwell, and it looks he has another scoop with regards to Seahawks draft pick signings. McIntyre reports that sources have tomd him the Seahawks have signed wide receiver Kris Durham from the Georgia Bulldogs, a fourth round pick by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2011 NFL Draft.  Durham's deal is worth four years and $2.504 million, and includes a $464,260 signing bonus. Durham did not play much in college, but at 6'5", 209 has all the physical height and ability to be a useful receiver for the Seahawks on offense.

BONUS: Check out this interview of Durham on Field Gulls.

BONUS #2: Check out these highlights!

(via dwid1984)

Safety Mark LeGree from Appalachian State was picked in the fifth round, and he was apparently also signed, with his contract going for four years and $2.218 milion, with a $178,532 signing bonus.

BONUS: Check out this interview of LeGree on Field Gulls.

BONUS #2: Check out these highlights!

Mark (via ASUvideo)


Richard Sherman, Malcolm Smith Sign Rookie Contracts With Seattle Seahawks

The NFL's new collective bargaining agreement has, essentially, eliminated rookie hold-outs and made signing drafted rookies to contracts worlds easier than in the past. The Seattle Seahawks are already taking advantage of the new rookie pay scale in an effort to get their draft picks in training camp right away. In just three days, the Seahawks have inked six of their nine draft picks, with only the first three picks -- James Carpenter, John Moffitt and K.J. Wright -- still working on agreements.

Richard Sherman and Malcolm Smith were among the latest signings, and were in camp this morning working with the backups, according to the Seahawks' official website.

Six of the team’s nine draft choices were signed in time to participate in the 105-minute session – wide receiver Kris Durham (fourth round), cornerback Richard Sherman and safety Mark LeGree (fifth round), cornerback Bryon Maxwell (sixth round) and linebacker Malcolm Smith and defensive lineman Pep Levingston (seventh round).

Sherman, LeGree, Levingston and Smith were working with the No. 2 defense, with Maxwell and Durham on the third units.

You can read more about the Seahawks' rookie signings here. For more on Maxwell, check out this scouting report. To learn more about Pep Levingston, check out this post.

We'll be tracking more of the Seahawks' rookie signings in this StoryStream. Over at Field Gulls, Danny Kelly will be publishing an impressive array of posts on undrafted free agents, so keep an eye out for those.


Byron Maxwell, Seattle Seahawks Sixth Round Pick, Reportedly Agrees To Contract

The Seattle Seahawks need depth in their secondary, and signing one of their draft picks should help aid this ailing part of their team defense. Brian McIntyre of Football Outsiders tweeted that Byron Maxwell was signed to a four year contract worth $2.15 million. The deal includes a $113,450 signing bonus.

Maxwell put up 42 tackles, forced two fumbles and picked off two passes in 2010. He was mostly a backup for Clemson his first three seasons before starting his senior campaign, but he has good athletic ability and stuffs the run particularly well. He has to work on his coverage abilities, but those are the things that develop with time. Richard Sherman and Mark Legree are the more prized defensive backs for the Seahawks, so it's likely Pete Carroll will bring along Maxwell a little bit more slowly.

Check out his highlights below.

(via lordseal92)


For more on the Seahawks, Field Gulls is your go-to destination for all further coverage on SB Nation.


Wes Byrum Signs With Seattle Seahawks As Undrafted Free Agent

Seattle Seahawk fans can check another need off of their list as former Auburn University place kicker Wes Byrum has reportedly signed with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent on Thursday, according to his agent.

Byrum is obviously a backup to Olindo Mare, but unlike Mare can join camp ASAP as an undrafted free agent while Mare has to wait until Friday. Byrum is in the top-5 all-time in several categories for kickers at Auburn, such as fourth all-time in field goal percentage (74.1%). He is known as a clutch kicker with above average accuracy, but has been knocked for his lack of range/distance on some of his kicks and has a tendency to struggle on kickoffs and long distance field goals. 

The new kickoff rules may help him a bit with them being pushed up 10 yards, but I'd foresee him being strictly a backup if and when Mare can't go due to injury or simply isn't getting the job done. 

For more on the Seahawks, head over to Field Gulls to get in on the action. 


Pep Levingston, Seattle Seahawks Seventh Round Draft Pick, Reportedly Agrees To Contract

Former LSU defensive tackle Lazarius "Pep" Levingston is the first of the Seattle Seahawks' 2011 draft picks to agree to terms on a deal, according to his agent Andy Simms via Twitter

Livingston was the 205th overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft, and was the only defensive lineman that the Seahawks selected. The 'Hawks currently are working on resigning DT Brandon Mebane to fill some of their holes in their D-line, but Levingston may prove to have some value this season as a possible back up at multiple positions. Levingston was drafted to supply depth up front, and will likely compete for playing time as a backup to Red Bryant, or elsewhere along the line. He recorded 70 tackles and three sacks in his career at LSU, where he actually was converted from a defensive end to a defensive tackle his senior season.

The 6-foot-4, 292 pound Levingston could see quite a bit of playing time if Bryant's comeback from knee surgery doesn't happen as quickly as planned, and as the only D-lineman drafted this season he is going to have an uphill climb battling against NFL veterans for any possible playing time. 

For more on the Seahawks, head over to Field Gulls to get your fix.


NFL Free Agency 2011: Seattle Seahawks Sign 19 Undrafted Rookies

The Seattle Seahawks announced the signings of 19 undrafted free agents on Tuesday,assembling a solid group of under-the-radar talent to come into camp and compete for a roster spot. Included are multiple defensive backs, two quarterbacks to hold the Seahawks over until Tarvaris Jackson can begin practicing on Aug. 4 and a variety of other prospects hailing from big and small schools alike.

Here is the list, provided by the Seahawks' official website.

Position     Player                               College

DT             Ladi Ajiboye                     South Carolina

DE             Pierre Allen                       Nebraska

WR            Doug Baldwin                  Stanford

FB             Dorson Boyce                   Washington

DE             Jarrett Crittenton               Middle Tennessee State

P                John Gold                         Texas

CB             Jesse Hoffman                  Eastern Washington

G               Michael Huey                    Texas

T                Zach Hurd                         Connecticut

S                Jeron Johnson                    Boise State

QB            Zach Lee                           Nebraska

WR            Ricardo Lockette              Fort Valley State

LB             Deron Minor                     McNeese State

LB             Mike Morgan                    USC

G/C           Brent Osborne                   Harvard

CB             Ron Parker                        Newberry

QB            Josh Portis                         California (Pa.)

S                Rickey Thenarse                Nebraska

TE             Ryan Travis                       West Liberty

We'll be tracking what the Seahawks do during the undrafted free agent hunting season in this StoryStream. Over at Field Gulls, Danny Kelly will be publishing an impressive array of posts on undrafted free agents, so keep an eye out for those.


Josh Portis, Zac Lee Reportedly Agree To Terms With Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks need bodies at the quarterback spot, and they need them fast. With training camp on the horizon and only Charlie Whitehurst under contact, Seattle needed to place an emphasis on the quarterback position when signing undrafted free agents, and did so by snatching two available arms to at least get some work in during camp. Josh Portis, a journeyman college quarterback and cousin of Clinton Portis, and Nebraska quarterback Zac Lee each reportedly agreed to terms with the Seahawks, bringing the number of quarterbacks on the roster to three.

Portis is an intriguing prospect, and a name floated early on by Field Gulls' Danny Kelly. He's an athletic prospect, but needs some serious polish at the NFL level. From the scouting report at Field Gulls:

"Portis is clearly a developmental prospect, but he has the size, arm strength and mobility to warrant a strong look. He can buy time with his feet, but prefers to pass the ball despite possessing excellent straight-line speed. Portis has a similar skill set to Minnesota Vikings 2010 rookie QB/WR Joe Webb, and could make a team look similarly smart if given an opportunity."

And a video of Portis in action.

Zac Lee is the second player from Nebraska to choose the Seahawks during the undrafted free agent signing period, joining safety Rickey Thenarse. Lee lost his job to Taylor Martinez this past season, but stayed involved in more of a mentoring and leadership role. At this point, it seems Lee is little more than an arm in camp to give the Seahawks enough warm bodies to throw routes.

We'll be tracking what the Seahawks do during the undrafted free agent hunting season in this StoryStream. Over at Field Gulls, Danny Kelly will be publishing an impressive array of posts on undrafted free agents, so keep an eye out for those.


Rickey Thenarse, Jesse Hoffman, Jeron Johnson, Ron Parker Reportedly Agree To Terms With Seattle Seahawks

Undrafted free agent signings are underway and the Seattle Seahawks are quickly making moves. Seattle reportedly went after, and agreed to terms with, multiple defensive backs early in the process, adding four right off the bat. Rickey Thenarse, Jesse Hoffman, Jeron Johnson, Ron Parker all reportedly chose the Seahawks as the undrafted free agent signing period began on Monday night, showing that, once again, Pete Carroll loves his defensive backs.

Thenarse has quite the life story, overcoming adversity at every step of the way. Hailing from Los Angeles, he escaped the gang life that surrounds the area he grew up in, only to see two of his brothers killed in 2008. His senior year was taken away by an ACL injury, but a medical waiver allowed him to return in 2010, where he started in the Huskers' defensive backfield. Thenarse was unable to play in the 2011 Holiday Bowl against Washington, however, after being cited for a DUI following the regular season.

Jesse Hoffman comes to the Seahawks from Eastern Washington University and is more of a special teamer than a defensive back. In 2010, he earned All-Big Sky honorable mention honors for his kick returning prowess after returning two kicks for touchdowns and averaging just over 32 yards per return.

Jeron Johnson was a staple in the Boise State defensive backfield, starting 44 games at safety for the Broncos. In 2010, Johnson was named to the All-WAC first team. His 318 tackles puts him at No. 12 on the all-time list at Boise State.

Ron Parker is a small school guy, hailing from Newberry. At his pro day, he clocked in at 4.35 in the 40-yard dash, and put up 17 reps at 225 pounds on the bench press. He's listed as both a safety and kick returner.

We'll be tracking what the Seahawks do when the undrafted free agent hunting season opens in this StoryStream. Over at Field Gulls, Danny Kelly will be publishing an impressive array of posts on undrafted free agents, so keep an eye out for those.


NFL Undrafted Free Agents To Begin Signing Contracts On Monday Night

Transactions should begin rolling in on Monday night as the NFL allowed teams to start contacting and signing undrafted free agents a day earlier than expected. Originally, the plan was to allow teams to begin signing undrafted rookies on Tuesday, along with the beginning of free agency and the opening of the trade window. But in an effort to get things jump-started, undrafted free agents who have been waiting in limbo will have some clarity in the late hours of Monday evening.

The news comes from John Clayton via Adam Schefter and marks the opening of the offseason. Finally.

John Clayton reports that NFL teams were granted the right to sign undrafted players Monday night. So dealings are underway.

The Seahawks are expected to be big players when it comes to undrafted rookies. Seattle has a clear need at quarterback, and the crop of undrafted rookies includes a few intriguing players. Pat Devlin, Josh Portis and others have all been mentioned as possible Seattle signings, along with a bevy of other position players.

For more on the undrafted rookies to keep an eye on, check out Field Gulls' writeup of the quarterbacks, defensive tackle Martin Parker and a look at John Schneider's track record with undrafted players.

We'll be tracking what the Seahawks do when the undrafted free agent hunting season opens in this StoryStream. Over at Field Gulls, Danny Kelly will be publishing an impressive array of posts on undrafted free agents, so keep an eye out for those.


NFL Undrafted Free Agents 2011: Pat Devlin, Adam Froman And Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Targets

After a long delay, NFL teams will finally be able to sign undrafted free agents, thanks to the end of the NFL lockout. Unlike most years, players that went undrafted were unable to be signed immediately after the draft in what's become the typical scrum in the hours following the last pick. Instead, thanks to a lengthy lockout, players who went undrafted were placed in a holding pattern, suffering through months of uncertainty. For the Seattle Seahawks, these undrafted players could be an important piece in the rebuilding process Pete Carroll and John Schneider are undertaking.

The Seahawks have clear needs throughout their roster -- needs that could be filled in the long-term by this year's crop of undrafted free agents. While they're not the end-all, be-all of building a roster, some of these players could make an impact in the long-term. It makes the upcoming free agent signings interesting, and an event worth watching for Seahawks fans.

As we know, the Seahawks need help at the quarterback spot, both immediately and for the future. Pat Devlin is the type of player Carroll and Schneider may target in this year's crop of undrafted free agents, allowing the Seahawks to develop a third quarterback in hopes of future returns. Over at Field Gulls, Danny Kelly took a look at Devlin and other free agents, drawing upon the expertise of Rob Rang.

Pat Devlin is going to have a market, there's going to be a lot of clubs out there that are going to be running this West Coast Offense, so this is an example of where Pat Devlin's agent is going to be looking around and wondering what team is my player going to be most likely to be able to earn himself a roster spot."

Kelly goes on to mention Adam Froman, Josh Portis and Adam Weber. All four have been linked to the Seahawks at one time of another, though all have shortcomings that sent them to the undrafted pile. It's clear the Seahawks will be looking for a quarterback when signing undrafted free agents, though each of these four should be considered long-term prospects.

The undrafted free agent signing period is set to begin on Tuesday at 7 a.m. PDT. For a full free agency schedule, head over here.

We'll be tracking what the Seahawks do when the undrafted free agent hunting season opens in this StoryStream. Over at Field Gulls, Danny Kelly will be publishing an impressive array of posts on undrafted free agents, so keep an eye out for those.

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