Returning to practice after a day off on Wednesday, the Seattle Seahawks made a pair of signings on Thursday morning.
Cornerback Jeremy Boykins and linebacker Josh Forrest were signed by the team, while tight end Je’Ron Hamm and safety/cornerback Alex Carter were waived.
This will be Forrest’s second stint in Seattle, after spending time on both the practice squad and active roster in 2017, before a foot injury landed him on the injured reserve. After he wasn’t retained following the 2017 season, Forrest began this year with the New York Jets, before his return to the Seahawks.
Boykins, the fifth University of Central Florida product on the roster, comes to Seattle in his second season after spending 2017 between the Tennessee Titans practice squad and active roster. At 6-foot-2 and 183 pounds, Boykins certainly possesses the size of a cornerback in Pete Carroll’s defense. The arrival of Boykins brings the Seahawks to nine cornerbacks, although Dontae Johnson remains out.
Hamm was signed last week to begin training camp, as fellow tight ends Ed Dickson and Clayton Wilson were placed on PUP. Although camp began with a deep tight end group, Seattle’s now down to just four healthy tight ends, perhaps signaling either Dickson or Wilson are nearing a return.
The waiving of Carter is the end of his third stint on the Seahawks’ roster, after two stops on the practice squad over the course of the 2017 season. With Mike Tyson moving to safety and Lorenzo Jerome being signed to compete there as well, the team was relatively deep in the defensive backfield, allowing them to bring it in a pure cornerback in Boykins.