Seahawks sign WR Brett Swain, host RB Jalen Parmele

Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE

The Seahawks hosted four quarterbacks - Brady Quinn, Tyler Thigpen, Seneca Wallace and Matt Leinart - to the VMAC yesterday, and then signed one of the guys catching passes from them. Seattle inked WR Brett Swain to a two-year deal Monday after he apparently impressed Seahawks' brass enough in the quarterbacks' workout. Swain is a 27-year old former seventh round pick out of San Diego State by John Schneider's Packers so obviously there's a familiarity there.

Swain caught 58 passes for 973 yards and 5 touchdowns his senior year at San Diego State and reportedly ran a 4.41 at his pro day so there's a speed factor there. He caught six passes while with the Packers (spent time on their practice squad too) and then was with the 49ers shortly last season before being cut prior to the season.

Swain faces an uphill battle to make the 53-man roster for Seattle, facing competition from Sidney Rice, Percy Harvin, Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Phil Bates, Bryan Walters, Stephen Williams, and Charly Martin.

In other news, the Seahawks hosted RB/KR Jalen Parmele, according to Adam Caplan. Parmele is a 5'11, 225 pound former sixth round draft pick by the Dolphins out of Toledo. At his Pro Day in 2008, he ran a 4.47 40, posted a short shuttle time of 4.44 seconds and a three-cone drill of 6.95 second to go with his 41½-inch vertical leap. Those are really good numbers at 225 pounds and again, fits the profile of the types of backs Seattle has seemingly shown interest in over this offseason and last. Big and fast.

The Dolphins signed Parmele to their practice squad his rookie season and the Ravens subsequently signed him to their active roster from there - he was their 3rd RB and primary kick returner for a time, and averaged an absurd 31.4 yards per return on 9 attempts. He stayed with the Ravens as a backup returner in 2010 but then was cut going into the 2011 season. He was signed by the Jaguars and rushed 40 times for 143 yards in 2012, at a meagre 3.6 ypc clip. He also caught 7 passes for 60 yards.

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