Seahawks make five roster moves
The Seahawks added tight end Anthony McCoy to the injured reserve after he went unclaimed since being waived yesterday. McCoy suffered an Achilles tear last week and was unlikely to return for the 2013 season. Seeing how McCoy will become a free agent next offseason, making use of his roster spot for this season makes a lot of sense for the Seahawks. The 25-year-old McCoy posted a career-high 18 receptions for 291 yards and three touchdowns as the Seahawks No.2 tight end last season.
The three-year veteran caught 31 passes for 437 yards and 3 touchdowns, while appearing 34 games during his career with the Seahawks.
They also released wide receiver Matt Austin, who was one of the rookie free agents picked up after April’s draft. A star at Utah State, Austin caught 48 passes for 729 yards and five touchdowns in 2012. He was released with “left squad” designation, although the reason behind his decision to leave the team was not disclosed.
Austin’s vacant roster spot was filled wide receiver Greg Herd, who participated in the Seattle’s local pro day in April at the VMAC but was signed with the Dallas Cowboys as a rookie free agent after the 2013 NFL draft. Greg Herd was released by the Cowboys after minicamp tryouts earlier this month.
Herd started 22 of 47 career games over four seasons at Eastern Washington. As a senior, he was the Eagles’ second-leading receiver, finishing with 66 catches for 952 yards and seven touchdowns in 2012.
The 6-foot-3, 203-pound Herd will be gunning for a spot on the Seahawks’ 53-man roster, though it won’t be an easy task considering the Seahawks are crowded at receiver.
The Seahawks also added defensive lineman Michael Brooks to the offseason roster, after claiming him on waivers from the Lions. The Seahawks had given Brooks a look earlier this offseason. But the undrafted free agent signed with the Lions in April before being released this month. The Seahawks now have a second shot at testing out the 6-3 and 295-pound Brooks.
The East Carolina University product saw time at both nose tackle and defensive end for the Pirates last season. As a senior, Brooks was named to the All-Conference USA second-team after finishing the 2012 season with 34 stops, while being limited to just 10 games due to a knee injury.
Undrafted offensive guard Jordan Roussos was released by the Seattle Seahawks to open a roster spot for Brooks.