The Seahawks have signed 29-year-old safety Atari Bigby. He has been signed ostensibly to provide veteran leadership for a very young safety group. Bigby was signed as an undrafted free agent by John Schneider's Packers in 2005 out of Central Florida (UCF).
Bigby, when healthy, has managed to play pretty well, collecting ten interceptions and nineteen passes defensed in his five year career. Injuries, of course, have been his problem as he played in only four games in 2010 and missed a total of 12 the previous two seasons. His best season came in 2007, where he started all 16 games for the Packers while making 86 tackles and grabbing 5 interceptions.
He certainly fits the profile for this rebuilt team as a scheme versatile and rangy defensive back, and according to former Packers front office exec Andrew Brandt, "John Schneider liked Bigby a lot while in GB."
He's 5'11, 213, was an undrafted free agent that went on to play a key role for his team, and is now an injury castaway. The Hawks seem to love taking chances on low-risk, cheap players that could play well and contribute if healthy. He'll likely provide depth behind Kam Chancellor and/or come in to play in coverage situations. He should be a mentor to the young players in the secondary. He is also fairly versatile, and could play the corner in a pinch -- his skillset could threaten Josh Pinkard / Jeron Johnson's shot at making the roster.
The Hawks released FB Dorson Boyce to make room on their roster.
What do you guys think? Good signing?