Seahawks waive injured TE Anthony McCoy, sign rookie OT Jake Bscherer
McCoy was waived with the designation of injured, which means other teams will have the right to put in a claim him, with the knowledge that he is injured. In that scenario, the other team will take on McCoy’s tab of $656k salary in hopes that he will be able to return to full health to come back sometime around the 2013 season, though that seems highly unlikely. But if McCoy clears waivers, he will revert back to the Seahawks’ injured reserve, and the team will have to come to an injury settlement with him before parting ways.
The fourth-year pro is expected to face a probable six to nine months of rehabilitation following the surgery, which puts him at great likelihood of missing most, if not all, of the 2013 season. The 25-year-old McCoy was entering the last year rookie contract with the Seahawks, after signing on as a sixth-round pick out of USC in the 2010 NFL draft.
McCoy was an integral part of the Seahawks’ offense last season, posting career highs with 18 receptions for 291 yards and three touchdowns as the team’s No.2 tight end. McCoy also often lined up in two tight end sets alongside No. 1 tight end Zach Miller, and was used by the Seahawks as a run-blocking for the team’s third-leading rusher Marshawn Lynch last season.
Over three seasons with the Seahawks, McCoy appeared in 34 career games while making 14 starts, and catching 31 passes for 437 yards as well as 3 touchdowns.
The Seahawks currently have six tight ends on the roster, not including McCoy. Cameron Morrah, the Seahawks' third tight end last season, signed with the San Francisco 49ers during free agency. The Seahawks addressed the position this summer by selecting former Rice tight end Luke Wilson in the fifth round of April’s draft. Wilson is now expected to be the Seahawks’ top backup.
McCoy’s vacant spot on the 90-man offseason roster was filled by signing offensive tackle Jake Bscherer. Although there were earlier reports of Bscherer signing with the Seahawks last week, the team officially announced the move today.
The 6-foot-6, 305-pound Bscherer participated in the Seahawks’ rookie minicamp on tryout basis earlier this month. Bscherer came undrafted out of Minnesota-Duluth, where he spent his senior year after transferring from Wisconsin at the end of three seasons. The rookie offensive tackle is the fifth player from the minicamp to sign with the Seahawks.