Demarcus Dobbs officially became the newest Seahawk — a phrase that’s been used a lot lately — when he slipped on his jersey number 95 and walked onto the indoor practice field here today at the VMAC.
And he said it wasn’t weird at all that until about 48 hours ago he was a member of the San Francisco 49ers, Seattle’s most heated rival.
Dobbs played for the 49ers from 2011 until being waived on Tuesday and then claimed by Seattle Tuesday.
“The thing about it is, I think rivalries are fan based,” he said. “And I sort of got out of the whole rivalry thing out of college. It’s a business, at the end of the day. You never know what team you will end up on. So I never had hate for the Seahawks. I’m just glad to be out here, man. Glad to be able to put on some pads and be able to play football.”
The Seahawks plan to use Dobbs as a three-technique and five-technique defensive lineman, and depending on how quickly he adapts he could see some time on the line Sunday against the Giants.
Dobbs also said he was used on every special team with the 49ers, and he figures to play there immediately with the Seahawks, as well.
Dobbs said he was at his apartment in the Bay Area Wednesday when he found out he’d been claimed by the Seahawks.
“They let me know I had like four hours to pack before I had to get on the flight,” he said. “It all seemed a little rushed or whatever but it’s just them wanting me to get in the system as fast as I can and learn as much as I can to be able to play and contribute.”
Dobbs, who played in six games for the 49ers this season with 10 tackles, said he was not surprised to switch teams so suddenly after having been with only the 49ers since entering the league in 2011.
“I’ve been in the league for four years now,” Dobbs said. “So I’ve seen people come and go. It’s just the way the league works. Unfortunate to end my time with the 49erse but blessed to be picked up by the Seahawks. Just a blessing.”