The Seattle Seahawks added another player to the cornerback competition on Wednesday, signing former San Francisco 49ers defensive back Tramaine Brock to a one-year deal. Brock, an undrafted free agent out of Belhaven College in 2010, overcame the odds to make the roster for three games in 2010, and went on to spend seven seasons with the Niners.
On the field, Brock may be no better of an option than Cary Williams was in 2016. The Seahawks signed the veteran Williams to a three-year deal, but released him before the end of his first season with the team because he was unable to adjust to Seattle's system and became a liability in pass defense. That being said, Brock may also be much better than Williams and could find that he has only begun to tap into his true potential, much like other longshots such as Brandon Browner and Byron Maxwell.
He may also be an upgrade over what DeShawn Shead provided at corner last season:
Per FOA in 2016:— Ben Baldwin (@guga31bb) August 15, 2017
Brock: 47% success against (#24), 7.7 y/a allowed (#46), 14 PD
Shead: 58% success (#79), 8.9 y/a allowed (#73), 14 PD https://t.co/DvYvmMiSkN
Brock was released by San Francisco earlier this year immediately after he was charged with domestic violence against the mother of his two children. Those charges were dismissed last week, with the alleged victim saying through her lawyer that the altercation was strictly verbal. This is despite the fact that she had "visible injuries" when officers arrived at the scene.
The Seahawks play their next preseason game on Friday against the Minnesota Vikings, making it extremely unlikely that we'll see Brock on the field in a Seattle uniform for at least another week.
In addition to adding Brock, the Seahawks signed linebacker Rodney Butler, waiving receiver Jamel Johnson and safety Jordan Simone. Butler is an undrafted free agent out of New Mexico State who ran a 4.76 at his pro day, with a 10’1 broad jump and a 39” vertical.