A little under seven weeks ago, the Seahawks released LB/EDGE Dekoda Watson to make room for wide receiver Josh Gordon, who had been claimed by the team off waivers. Fast forward to Wednesday, and Watson has returned to Seattle, taking Gordon’s place on the 53, after the receiver was suspended by the NFL.
Despite previously spending time on the Seahawks roster this season, Watson did not make an appearance: The veteran defender was signed October 30, then released November 1. Now, he seems likely to stick for at least the near future. As the Seattle Times’ Bob Condotta pointed out, Pete Carroll had a plan for Watson upon his initial arrival:
Here's what Carroll said about Watson back then: “We’re gonna give him a chance to give us some rush on the edge. He’s been a really accomplished (special) teams guy too. We’re hoping he can give us some additional boost there. We’ll see.''— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) December 18, 2019
Over a 10-year career, Watson has played on six teams during the regular season: The Buccaneers, Cowboys, Jaguars, Patriots, Broncos and 49ers. Watson was traded back to Denver in the spring, but did not make the team’s final roster. In 107 career games, the special teamer has registered six sacks.
Joining Watson in Seattle on Wednesday was the Steelers’ sixth-round pick from 2019 Sutton Smith, who was added to the practice squad in place of released linebacker Jermaine Grace. Smith was a highly productive pass rusher at Northern Illinois, registering 29 sacks in his final two seasons. In addition to his production, Smith tested in the 99th percentile among EDGEs in the three cone drill as a prospect.
Watson’s signing on Wednesday means the Seahawks’ roster is once again full at 53, so if they decide to add one of the tailbacks who visited Tuesday—or anyone else—a corresponding move would be necessary.