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Seahawks claim Linden Stephens off waivers

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With the 2020 NFL Draft set for Thursday, football fans have been looking forward to some actual news this week. The Seattle Seahawks have certainly done their part to entertain fans who are growing tired of the quarantine by staying in the news cycle. Last week were reports of the team bringing back Neiko Thorpe and Mike Iupati, along with news on the signings of tenders by exclusive rights free agents and restricted free agents.

However, Tuesday afternoon the Seahawks went about staying in the news through a different manner when they claimed a player off waivers.

Linden Stephens was on the practice squad for the Seahawks for a good portion of the 2019 season, however, was poached by the Miami Dolphins late in the year. The Dolphins apparently did not feel that Stephens was a fit for their plans going forward, and Stephens was waived this past weekend. As such, he hit the waiver wire Monday, and the league has now awarded Stephens to Seattle. With 29-1/4” arms, Stephens seems headed for the competition to be the nickel cornerback in 2020.

During his career Stephens, who was originally undrafted out of Cincinnati in 2018, has been with the New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Rams, Denver Broncos, Dolphins and now for a second stint with the Seahawks. In any case, as has been seen with the addition of depth on the offensive line, the Hawks have added another name to the competition in the secondary, and it will be interesting to see the other names added through the draft later this week.