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October 29, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Newest Seahawk Will Tukuafu happy to be back in the NFL

Will Tukuafu has played both defensive end and fullback in his NFL career.

And while the Seahawks list him as a fullback, he said he’ll happily do whatever the Seahawks ask.

He was out of the NFL since accepting an injury settlement with the 49ers in September after having suffered a concussion in the pre-season.

He’s had some tryouts since then, including with the Seahawks last week after Derrick Coleman was lost for the season with a broken bone in his foot. Wednesday, he officially became a Seahawk — after talking for a while with some reporters, he got fitted for his cleats.

“Oh yeah, I’m ready to go,” he said. “I’ve been training for two months. It kind of worked out. … You just tell yourself this is what you want to do and so you keep grinding away at it.”

Tukuafu, an Oregon grad, says he weighs about 285 pounds after being listed at 293 by the 49ers. He was used in the 49ers’ heavy sets and does not have a carry in his NFL career, instead helping clear the way for tailbacks.

“This is real similar to the offense we had with the 49ers,” Tukuafu said. “Smashmouth stuff like that. So I’m excited to come in here and help them out and do my job.”

One Seahawk happy about the signing of Tukuafu is linebacker K.J. Wright, who recalled a few collisions with Tukuafu through the years.

“He was tough,”¬† Wright said. “That’s going to be a big help for us helping out Marshawn (Lynch) when we can get in that regular I-formation and run the ball¬† instead of the option stuff.”

 

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