The Seattle Seahawks signed defensive end Damontre Moore in the middle of the season to help with the d-line and pass rush, and he played quite well over four games before a foot injury kept him out of the last two. His return could have been quite helpful for a playoff run, at least in providing depth, but that seems less likely following Moore being arrested on Saturday for suspicion of driving while intoxicated and on a suspended license. He was booked in King County Jail around 7 AM and released Saturday afternoon.
The New York Giants had high hopes for Moore after making him a third round pick in 2013 out of Texas A&M, but released him after an argument over some headphones. Of course, if he had played better, the team wouldn’t have done it, but Moore had just 8.5 sacks in a little under three seasons and the incident was probably indicative of a string of behavior issues. As the Giants blog on NJ.com says:
Moore is not a bad guy. He's a good guy with a big heart, albeit one who has on multiple occasions been unable to carry himself like a professional football player is required to. Talent has not been the problem. Inexcusable penalties, unprofessionalism, immaturity, questionable work habits - those have been the problems. And now, legal troubles have been thrown onto the pile.
The Seattle staff has not made any indication yet of how they will move forward but Moore is now subject to the league’s personal conduct policy and the NFL may choose to suspend him regardless. This is, of course, not the Seahawks first time handling a DUI situation; they released fullback Derrick Coleman last year, but Coleman was also charged with running away from an accident he caused after smoking synthetic marijuana.
Moore had seven tackles and .5 sacks in his first four games with Seattle. They are set to play the Arizona Cardinals next Saturday.