Official confirmation has come this morning that Phil Bates has signed with Cleveland’s practice squad, ending his career with the Seahawks — which dated, essentially, to when he signed with Seattle as a free agent in April, 2012. Bates had been waived and re-signed a few times since then, largely working on Seattle’s practice squad but finally getting on the active roster for two games this season, and playing for the first time on Sunday at Carolina.
Signing with Cleveland, though, may give Bates a better chance at getting on the field regularly — Seattle remains with six receivers on its active roster — as well as returning him to his home area as he played in college at Ohio.
It also continues what has been a somewhat odd shuttle between the two teams.
Cleveland now has six players on its roster who have been with Seattle since 2013, the others being Paul McQuistan, Michael Bowie, Kiero Small, Ryan Seymour and Allen Bradford.
Seattle, meanwhile, has three players on its roster who have been with Cleveland since 2012 — LB L.J. Fort, center Patrick Lewis and offensive lineman Keavon Milton.
Seattle still has an opening on its practice squad — the assumption here is the Seahawks were hoping to get Bates back.