Friday reports emerged that with the offseason workout program starting the week, the Seattle Seahawks were adding backup quarterback Stephen Morris to the roster. Early Monday morning reports of the signing of another quarterback have come across the wire.
The Seahawks are re-signing QB Austin Davis, source says. He spent last season as Russell Wilson’s backup. Davis will get the veteran minimum deal. I’m told this won’t end the team’s talks with Colin Kaepernick. Still in a holding pattern but not done.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) April 16, 2018
So, the much awaited addition of Austin Davis to the roster has finally arrived. Davis, of course, played under new Seattle offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer in St. Louis, which means that both of Wilson’s backups currently on the roster have experience with Schottenheimer. In particular, the best game of Davis’ career came in 2014 when he quarterbacked the then St. Louis, but now Los Angeles Rams to victory over the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks.
As Mike Garafolo reports, the deal is slated to be for the league minimum, meaning that it will qualify for the vet minimum cap exemption. That means that at most Davis should have a cap hit for the 2018 season of no more than $710,000. When doing the math on the offseason rule of 51 and the current cap situation for the Hawks, that would mean that adding Davis would cost the Hawks only $80,000 of 2018 cap space.
That is less than one percent of the $8,639,406 of cap space the team has according to the NFLPA Public Salary Cap Report. That number does not yet include the which does not yet include the Sebastian Janikowski contract, however, that number should become known in the coming days.
Thus, since Friday the Hawks have tripled the number of quarterbacks on the roster while barely putting a dent in the team’s limited cap space. There are still more than three months until training camp arrives so there is plenty of time for more shuffling, but as the offseason workout program begins Monday, the roster is beginning to take shape. Add in draft picks the team will add late next week and the undrafted free agents that will be added after that, and we should have a very good idea of what the 90 man roster will look like in less than two weeks.