Seahawks Sign C Kris O'Dowd

FLAGSTAFF, AZ - JULY 31: Center Kris O'Dowd #60 of the Arizona Cardinals prepares to snap the ball in the team training camp at Northern Arizona University on July 31, 2011 in Flagstaff, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Seahawks have reportedly signed free agent center Kris O'Dowd, a former USC Trojan that played under both Pete Carroll and Pat Ruel. He was a UDFA in 2011, spent some time with the Cardinals, and was most recently with the Jets. During the lockout, O'Dowd was one of the top players that I had identified as a possible target for the Seahawks once signing was allowed, but he didn't get a look at the time. I wrote then that O'Dowd was originally projected to be Drafted that year in the mid rounds, anywhere from the 3rd round on, but he fell out of it altogether, most likely due to his history with injuries. He's got good enough size for the interior lineman at 6'4, 303 and has long arms to use for leverage against defenders. He's a good anchor against the bull rush and is athletic enough to play either guard or center. Here is his combine profile.

O'Dowd comes in to camp because he knows the system, has played for Carroll and Ruel, and because of injuries to John Moffitt (elbow) and now Lemuel Jeanpierre (groin), the Seahawks' backup centers. He's unlikely to stick, but is probably going to see a good amount of game action this weekend with Moffitt and Lem on the mend.

Note: the team has confirmed the move, and have released K Carson Wiggs to make room on the roster.

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