The Seattle Seahawks have been busy making changes to its secondary, drafting Shaquill Griffin (CB), Delano Hill (S), Tedric Thompson (S), and Mike Tyson (will start out as a CB), as well as signing free agent DB Bradley McDougald on a one-year deal.
On the flip side, it doesn’t look as if the Seahawks are interested in keeping some of the depth players who were on last season’s roster. Backup safeties Steven Terrell and Kelcie McCray have not been re-signed in free agency, but there is some news regarding McCray’s future. Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson reported on Friday that Kam Chancellor’s backup is heading to Jacksonville for a Monday workout with the Jaguars.
Jaguars bringing in safety Kelcie McCray for a workout Monday, according to a league source— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) May 12, 2017
McCray has bounced around the league dating back to when he was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2012. He started his career in Miami, then was picked up by Tampa Bay off waivers, and was traded to Kansas City in 2014. Just before the start of the 2015 season, the Seahawks traded a fifth-round pick to the Chiefs in exchange for McCray, who quickly became a contributor on special teams. Over the last two years, McCray has made seven starts in place of the injured Kam Chancellor, performing at a considerably higher level than when Steven Terrell had to fill in for Earl Thomas.
I’ve had a soft spot for McCray since he first stepped onto the field in a defensive role. While he never made any impact plays (no interceptions, no forced fumbles, no fumbles recovered) that have been the hallmark of the Legion of Boom era, it never felt like he was truly out of his depth when on the field. This chasedown of JJ Nelson in the 6-6 tie with the Arizona Cardinals really stands out to me, as I do not think that a healthy Kam Chancellor would’ve been fast enough to run him down.
Even if Kelcie winds up in Jacksonville, he’s not likely to start, as Barry Church and Tashaun Gipson would figure to be the starting safety pairing for Doug Marrone’s team. Either way, I hope he finds a new team, because he’s definitely shown his worth as a role player during his time in Seattle.