The league’s annual waiver period following final cuts came to a close on Sunday morning, with the Seattle Seahawks losing two players and signing just one: former San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Garrison Smith. Smith, 24, signed as a rookie free agent with the Miami Dolphins following the 2014 NFL draft before spending this offseason/preseason with the 49ers.
Smith didn’t appear in a single game last season, but was one of their top performers in this year’s preseason, posting 15 tackles to go along with two sacks. He was Pro Football Focus’ top-graded defensive tackle in the preseason. Despite his strong performance in August, the 49ers decided to part ways with Smith even with their nose tackle group being awfully spotty heading into week one; starter Ian Williams is out for the season, while both Glenn Dorsey and Quinton Dial are still recovering from injuries.
The team hasn’t officially announced the signing, but will need to release a player in a corresponding move to remain at 53 players. Fellow defensive tackle Justin Hamilton, who surprisingly to some made the original 53-man roster yesterday, could be a good candidate to be released.
Update: To make room for Smith, the Seahawks have waived defensive tackle Justin Hamilton.