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December 11, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Newest Seahawk King happy for the opportunity

David King, the newest Seahawk, might have been the happiest man in what is an increasingly happy Seattle locker room prior to practice today.

The second-year player from Oklahoma was officially announced as a Seahawk today after passing his physical Wednesday night.

“It’s a great opportunity,” King said. “I just want to make the most of it.”

King was a member of Cincinnati’s practice squad when he got a call from his agent Tuesday night that the Seahawks wanted to sign him.

He flew to Seattle in the morning and was in the locker room yesterday. But the results of his physical were;t done in time for him to get on the practice field Wednesday.

Listed at 6-4, 281 pounds, King said the Seahawks plan to use him as a five-technique tackle, primarily in the base defense. That’s the spot where Michael Bennett plays primarily, and the spot where Demarcus Dobbs has been emerging as a backup until suffering a sprained ankle early in Sunday’s win at Philadelphia.

Dobbs is out for an indefinite period, but the Seahawks for now are keeping him on the 53-man roster to see if maybe his ankle heals quickly enough to return in the next week or two. Linebacker Allen Bradford, who was inactive for the last three games, was released.

King said he played primarily three-technique with the Bengals but thinks he can make the switch

King was a seventh-round pick of the Eagles in 2013 out of Oklahoma but has not played in a regular season.

“It’s been a long journey to get here,” he said. “I’ve just got to take advantage of it.”

King has gained a greater appreciation for his opportunities after suffering the loss of his mother while a sophomore at Oklahoma. After the passing of his mother, he moved in with a friend’s family (detailed here).

“You grow up really quick when something like that ¬†happens,” King said.

 

 

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