The Seahawks will signing linebacker Nick Moody, according to a report by Ryan Sakamoto. Moody confirmed it on his twitter account. Pete Carroll noted in his presser today that the deal is not yet done.
The former Florida State standout was among the Niners' final cuts last week, which was a surprise to many.
"Moody is the most surprising cut considering he started the team's first two preseason games at inside linebacker. Moody also was considered a special teams ace," wrote Matt Barrows on September 3rd.
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San Francisco defensive coordinator Eric Mangini noted this back in mid-August. ''From his growth from last year to right now, from an ability to run the defense, to see what the offense is doing, his work ethic, I've really been happy with Nick's development,'' Mangini said.
Darnell Dockett, another surprise cut for the 49ers, echoed this, saying ''He's had the best offseason I've seen of anybody. He's the first one in and the last one to leave. He's asking questions and doing things outside of football to take care of his body. I think that when you've been in an organization with NaVorro Bowman and Patrick Willis, you think, 'Why not him?' ... I told him that the sky is the limit for him.''
It sounds like the team decided to go with Shane Skov instead, though, and Moody lined up visits with a few teams to look to catch on elsewhere. After visiting with the Giants and Chiefs, he signed with the Seahawks. In the short-term, he'll likely add depth for Mike Morgan, who's recovering from a hamstring injury, and be a core special teams guy.
When the Niners drafted Moody in the sixth round out of Florida State in 2013, Jim Harbaugh told reporters that he's "one of the best we've seen [in special teams] in college football." He played safety and linebacker for the Sooners and was known for his hard hitting style.
As Jared points out, there's also a possibility that the Seahawks see Moody more at his college position of strong safety, and may be more depth while Kam Chancellor continues holding out.
Moody: 6'1"/236, 4.68/1.62, 9'10", 33" Kam: 6'3"/231, 4.59/1.61, 9'08", 32" And Kam was a 4.69 at the combine. Just a thought.— Jared Stanger (@JaredStanger) September 11, 2015
Here's a few highlights from his preseason this year (NSFW music).