The Seahawks have filled the opening on their roster created yesterday with the release of DT Andru Pulu by signing former Washington WR Kevin Smith. (Times reporter Adam Jude has this on Smith’s signing, as well, the news coming via an NFL source). UPDATE — The has signed officially announced Smith’s signing.
Smith put on a good show during UW’s Pro Day in April which was heavily attended by Seattle coaches. He originally signed with Arizona as an undrafted free agent following the NFL Draft in May, and then was released. He later signed with Jacksonville and also was released. But Seattle obviously is intrigued enough to give him its own look at what is one of the team’s most competitive positions.
Smith becomes the 13th receiver on the roster. Showing some special teams ability will be vital for Smith, as it is for anyone fighting for the final few roster spots. Smith has a history returning kickoffs for the Huskies, including a team-high 37 for 958 yards in 2011 (he did also return two punts in his UW career and maybe the Seahawks will give him a try there, as well).
Smith had 50 catches for a team-high 765 yards for the Huskies in 2013 when he was finally fully healthy after having torn an ACL prior to the Alamo Bowl in 2011.
And with the Seahawks, he’ll try to follow in the footsteps of another former UW who made it as an undrafted free agent — Jermaine Kearse — who went unselected following the 2011 season and last year was a regular in the team’s rotation and caught touchdowns in the NFC title game and Super Bowl.
The signing of Smith means the Seahawks are again at the NFL roster limit of 90.