Seahawks sign former basketball player Darren Fells
By Ian Rapoport | NFL.com
The addition of Darren Fells is another example of Seattle’s willingness to consider unorthodox prospects. It is another reflection of John Schneider’s tireless searching as general manager. It is also a move that’s not going to matter all that much to the 2013 Seattle Seahawks.
Fells has all the size you’d want in a tight end at 6 feet 7, 280 pounds. He has all the athleticism, too, given the fact the man played college basketball at UC-Irvine (Go Anteaters!) and played three years professionally overseas. He also has the pedigree as older brother Daniel Fells has played the past five years in the NFL.
What Darren Fells doesn’t have is a lot of football experience. See, he hasn’t played since high school, which is like seven years ago.
That’s not to say that he won’t work out. The path of everyone from J.R. Sweezy to Red Bryant to Brandon Browner shows that Schneider’s Seahawks can make the unorthodox work.
But seven years without playing tackle football? I’m going to go ahead and say this is a project the Seahawks hope — in their most ambitious projections — will pan out a year or two down the road.
That’s not saying it’s not worth doing, just an encouragement not to get too carried away.