Former Seahawks wide receiver and special teams mainstay Ben Obomanu has signed a free agent contract with the Jets. Obomanu joins former Seahawks exec John Idzik in New York.
The former 7th round pick out of Auburn had been with the Seahawks for seven seasons and was one of the few remaining players to survive The Great Purge of Pete Carroll and John Schneider, even grabbing a new free agent deal in 2011. He stuck with the team through fundamental route running, strong hands, and outstanding special teams work, but his 2013 $2.466M cap hit made him a numbers casualty.
Obomanu's best years with the Hawks were in 2010 and 2011 - he caught 30 passes for 494 yards and 4 TD in the former and 37/436 and 2 TD in the latter. In 2012, in limited action, he caught 4 passes for 36 yards before going to the injured reserve.
Here's what I wrote when he was released from the Hawks:
Obomanu, 29, has 87 catches for 1,209 yards in his career and at 6'1, 204 can play outside or in the slot. His versatility as a receiver and special teams contributor shouldn't be overlooked, and it wouldn't surprise me awfully to see him end up in Jacksonville or New York. Best of luck to you, Obo!
I told you. I'm so smart. Actually it was a really easy guess.