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July 23, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Seahawks cut S Polk to add tight end depth

The Seahawks just announced they have released rookie free agent defensive back Ray Polk so they could sign tight end Michael Palmer.

Palmer will add depth to a tight end spot that took a hit in May when Anthony McCoy was lost for the season with an Achilles injury.

Palmer will compete for backup duty with Sean McGrath and rookie Luke Willson, among others, behind starter Zach Miller.

Palmer, a graduate of Clemson, played in 43 games with five starts over the last three seasons for the Atlanta Falcons after signing with the team as an undrafted rookie free agent on April 26, 2010. With Atlanta, he had 21 receptions for 123 yards and three touchdowns. He officially started two regular season games last season as well as the playoff win over the Seahawks, though he did not record a catch in that game.

The 6-5, 252-pound Palmer signed with the Giants in May but was released later that month. He’s generally viewed as more of a blocking tight end.

Polk signed with SeattleĀ  in April as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Colorado and loomed as an intriguing prospect at 6-1, 219. But he’s also at a strong safety position that is pretty stacked with the likes of Jeron Johnson and Winston Guy already competing to back up starter Kam Chancellor.

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