The Seattle Seahawks have acquired a Super Bowl champion tight end!
ESPN’s Field Yates reported on Monday that the Seahawks have traded a conditional 2020 seventh-round pick for Jacob Hollister, formerly of the New England Patriots. Seattle did not draft a TE in the 2019 NFL Draft, and there are still question marks about depth given the awful knee injury Will Dissly suffered last season. Also on the depth chart are Ed Dickson, Tyrone Swoopes, and Nick Vannett, whom is in the final year of his rookie deal.
Hollister is actually a Pacific Northwest native who grew up in Oregon. He went undrafted out of the University of Wyoming, but the Patriots signed him as a UDFA in 2017. Hollister earned a spot as the team’s third-string TE behind Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen, but saw limited action on offense, playing just 145 snaps through two seasons, compared to 285 on special teams.
The 25-year-old has caught 8 passes for 94 yards to date, but ended 2018 on injured reserve due to hamstring and chest injuries. This meant he was unable to play in the Super Bowl 53, which the Patriots won by defeating the vaunted Los Angeles Rams offense by a score of 13-3 (three, tres, trois).
Hey, it’s a conditional 2020 seventh-round pick for depth. There’s not a whole lot to analyze here over “good trade/bad trade.” It’s a trade, and Hollister is Seattle-bound.