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Seahawks sign TE Kellen Davis, release LB Allen Bradford

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The Seahawks have signed veteran tight end Kellen Davis, per ProFootballTalk.

As I wrote this morning, Davis is a physical freak of nature at 6'7, 265 pounds that fell out of favor in Chicago after developing a case of the dropsies, but his speed cannot be overlooked. Obviously it's been a few years since he ran at the Combine (2008), but the now-27-year old ran the 40 in 4.59 with a blistering 1.52 10-yard split at the time, so you know he's got a little bit of explosiveness to his game (compare to Luke Willson's 4.51 with a 1.53 10-yard split). Again, it's been a few years since Davis ran that, but I'm assuming he's retained at least some of his athleticism over the years, so it makes him an intriguing 'third tight end' option for Seattle.

Looking over past reports and stories on Davis from over at Windy City Gridiron, you can gather that fans became fed up with the underachieving tight end; he was less than dependable as a blocker in line and though he was able to get open regularly, developed a case of stone hands and his drop percentage ballooned in 2012.

As lead writer Dane Noble relates,

To be honest, Kellen Davis was one of those players that I really liked and had high hopes for, only to see him do absolutely nothing but stink up the joint. He has great size for a tight end, and at times showed he could make tough great catches and be hard to bring down. Unfortunately, with each great catch came 10 dropped passes. With every solid block came him getting beaten badly off the edge.

He never could get it together in Chicago, and apparently not in Cleveland either. But a Seattle coaching staff consisting of Tom Cable, Darrell Bevel, and Pat McPherson could be the key to tapping in to all of Davis' potential.

After the Bears signed Martellus Bennett (Michael's brother) over the offseason, the writing was on the wall for the former mid-round pick, and as Dane points out, he landed in Cleveland. The Browns opted to run with up-and-coming Jordan Cameron, veteran Gary Barnidge, plus a couple of waiver wire pickups in Marquis Gray and Keavon Milton, and Davis became the odd man out. From what I've seen, Bears fans more or less rejoiced when hew as released, and he failed to stick with his new team, so obviously, temper your expectations.

That said.

What Davis does seem to have is top-level athleticism for his size, and in theory, a change of venue can have positive effects on an athlete's confidence. It sounds like the Chicago fanbase had the expectation that Davis would become a top tier dual threat starting tight end after he was chosen in the 2008 Draft, but that never really materialized and eventually things kind of spiraled to the point where Davis become somewhat of a scapegoat (maybe deservedly so, I don't know).

Perhaps coming to Seattle to assume a role playing third tight end - to be used more as a receiver and red zone target than as an every down, marquee player - will pay off. We'll see. I wouldn't hold my breath on that (*cough*Evan Moore*cough*), but we'll see.  Regardless, his physical potential is through the roof and he has some experience, so that will add some savvy to the group made up of Zach Miller and rookie Luke Willson. Mike Person had been the de facto third TE in Week 1 as Cable rolled out a few 6OL sets, but now that we enter week two and veteran contracts aren't guaranteed for the year, this move makes sense.


To make room on the roster, LB Allen Bradford has been released.