RENTON — Once the NFL draft was over, the Seattle Seahawks added nine undrafted free agents. A few are familiar faces.
Former University of Washington quarterback Keith Price was among them. Price, UW’s all-time leader in touchdown passes, agreed to a deal in principle with the Seahawks after the draft. The Seahawks attended his pro day at UW and Price had become friends with Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson at the start of last season.
“We had a good look at him; we’ve seen him for years,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “We feel very, very comfortable with him. We know he’s got a big upside. Seemed to fit in really well with our coaches. We think we can give him a real good shot at it.”
Price wasn’t invited to the NFL Scouting Combine despite holding a litany of records at Washington, including career completion percentage (.640), career passing efficiency (143.2) and single-season touchdowns passes (33 in 2011).
He joins a Seattle team with several quarterbacks. Wilson is the obvious starter, with Tarvaris Jackson as the assumed backup. Seattle traded a seventh-round pick for Terrelle Pryor a little more than two weeks ago and also have B.J. Daniels.
The Seahawks also signed safety Dion Bailey out of USC. He joined the Trojans in 2010, the year Carroll came to Seattle.
Linebacker Brock Coyle of Montana and defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat of Texas were other notables. Jeffcoat, an All-American and Big 12 defensive player of the year, will be trying to make up for the Longhorns not having a player drafted for the first time since 1937.
The other free agents the Seahawks signed are: Chase Dixon, TE, Central Arkansas; Garry Gilliam, OT, Penn State; Bronson Irwin, G, Oklahoma; Jimmy Legree, CB, South Carolina; Andru Pulu, DT, Eastern Washington (formerly of UW and Federal Way High School).
CHANCELLOR ON THE MEND
Carroll says Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor is expected to be ready for training camp after offseason hip surgery.
“Kam’s making great progress,” Carroll said. “We think he’s going to be back in plenty of time for camp and all that. Really glad we could get a chance to fix him. He’s been dealing with the hip thing for a while. So he should be in great shape. There’s no problems. Everything’s ahead of schedule. We’re counting on him being with us throughout.”
SAM JOINS NFC WEST
The St. Louis Rams made history when they selected former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam in the seventh round. Sam is the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL.
The Seahawks had little concern about Sam’s personal preferences. They were more focused on a Rams defense that gave them fits last season before adding defensive tackle Aaron Donald and Sam, the SEC co-defensive player of the year, in the draft.
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