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Tony McDaniel signs with Saints, Troymaine Pope joins Colts after Christine Michael is placed on IR

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There were a couple of ex-Seahawks transactions made on Thursday, with one of them coming as a direct result of another former Seahawk being placed on injured reserve.

The first move to report is veteran defensive tackle Tony McDaniel going to the New Orleans Saints. McDaniel was part of the Seahawks defensive interior rotation in 2013 and 2014, then was released in the 2015 offseason. After a single season in Tampa with the Buccaneers, McDaniel reunited with Seattle in 2016, playing in 14 games and starting 11 of them. The 32-year-old became a free agent this offseason, and with the Seahawks investing on its d-line through the draft, McDaniel really was never going to be retained. It’s a good depth pick-up for the Saints, especially with Nick Fairley’s career in jeopardy due to a recent heart condition diagnosis.

Meanwhile, Troymaine Pope has found a new home in Indianapolis, who evidently just love former Seahawks running backs. Pope was waived by the Seahawks at the end of May to make way for defensive backs Jordan Simone and Marcus Cromartie. He’d failed to make the final roster last season as an undrafted rookie, but found himself back with the team towards the end of the year after the Jets released him in November. Pope played in three games before he injured his ankle and was placed on injured reserve.

The Colts signed Pope because Christine Michael suffered an undisclosed injury during Wednesday’s minicamp session, and now he’s on IR. Michael literally just joined Indy two weeks ago, so it’s a really unfortunate turn of events for him.