Seahawks sign international basketball player as TE
Though the Seattle Seahawks are typically criticized for "overdrafted" players, they’ve also shown a knack for prospective players from outside the league, who eventually transition into successful NFL stories. The Seattle Seahawks took a risk on cornerback Brandon Bower, who had a Pro Bowl season after being signed over from the CFL. Brandon Bower was previously signed as an undrafted free agent by the Denver Broncos in 2005, impressing coaches with his workout during training camp. But after a fracturing his forearm, Brandon Bower was released at the end of the season without a single appearance for the Denver Broncos.
Other players who had great success in the transition from playing basketball to a greater contact sport like football include tight ends Tony Gonzalez as well as Antonio Gates and most recently Jimmy Graham.
The 6'7, 280-pound Darren Fells completed his collegiate basketball career with UC-Irvine, before continuing his professional basketball career in Europe and South Africa. However, Daren Fells was an all-state tight end in high school.
Darren Fells also has a brother in NFL, five-year veteran Daniel Fells, who also plays tight end for the New England Patriots.
According to reports, Darren Fells initially planned to a pro day to work out for teams and generate interest before he agreed to a private workout for the Seattle Seahawks. The Seattle Seahawks saw a gem in the rough in Darren Fells but were impressed enough with his workout to sign him to a three-year contract on the spot.