The Seahawks have just announced that they have waived sixth-round pick Garrett Scott, an offensive tackle from Marshall, due to a rare heart condition.
Scott, who was the 199th overall pick, signed his rookie contract on Thursday. However, he did not participate in the team’s rookie mini-camp last weekend with coach Pete Carroll saying he had yet to pass his physical.
In a press release this afternoon, the team stated that Scott was waived because the heart condition meant he could not be cleared to play.
“After undergoing an extensive physical with our medical staff last week, Garrett’s examination revealed a rare heart condition that will prevent him from any on-field participation in the near future,” said Executive VP and General Manager John Schneider in a statement released by the team. “We think highly of Garrett as a person and as a football player. The team is committed to supporting Garrett in the months to come and will continue to help him determine his next steps.”
Scott, who played in 41 games with 35 starts for Marshall, and was voted to the All-Conference USA second-team after his senior season, was expected to begin his Seattle career competing for time at left tackle. Scott was one of nine players Seattle selected in the 2014 draft.
Scott said after being drafted that he had not been to Seattle for a pre-draft visit but that he had gone through a workout with a Seahawks scout, reported to be in late April. He did not attend the NFL Combine.
Scott said he was finishing up a graduation celebration with his family when he got the word that he had been taken by the Seahawks on May 10.
The waiving will open up a spot on the team’s 90-man roster.
It’s estimated Scott’s singing bonus was $101,672, money he likely gets to keep. NFL contracts are generally not guaranteed otherwise.
With Scott out during mini-camp, undrafted free agent signee Garry Gilliam of Penn State played a lot of left tackle.
Said Carroll of Gilliam
after mini-camp: “He’s an extraordinary athlete. He was a tight end coming up and was moved late in his career at Penn State. He has really good mobility, he has the left tackle type of quickness, he’s over 300 pounds, a big solid well balanced kid, and he did very well. He looked very good at the spot so that’s a real plus for us. we need help there, we need the competition there, and (second-round pick) Justin Britt
kind of stuck at the right side, Garry stuck in on the left side and both of the guys looked really fitting at their spots.”
The Seahawks earlier this week also signed OL Nate Isles, who had participated in the rookie mini-camp on a tryout basis. While listed as a guard, he also played tackle during the mini-camp.
— Also, according to this story
, the Seahawks may have already filled Scott’s roster spot by signing undrafted free agent OL A.J. Harmon
of Cumberland, though he also played at Georgia.
Harmon participated in Seattle’s rookie mini-camp last week. The Seahawks have not announced or confirmed the signing of Harmon.