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Seahawks waived Chase Dixon and Jared Smith

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The Seahawks have waived tight end Chase Dixon and center Jared Smith. Smith had an "injured" designation. Both players will likely stay close to Seattle for the time being, hoping to get called back up at some point down the line.

I had been interested in watching what both players could do in camp. Dixon, 6'5 and 243 pounds, is a guy that the team signed on Day 3 of the NFL Draft. He made some noise early on in the 2013 college season with six touchdowns in seven games for run-heavy Central Arkansas -- projected by some to be a mid-round pick -- but broke his leg and the injury caused him to fall off of teams' radars. The Seahawks worked Dixon out prior to the draft and had a sixth round grade on him, per John Schneider, but got him in rookie free agency. Dixon, like several Seahawks in his draft class, has had to overcome major challenges in his personal life (his father, a former NFL player for the Falcons, Raiders, and Oilers, died suddenly last year) and a debilitating lower-body injury (a bad leg fracture) to get to where he is today. He got a $12,500 signing bonus.

Smith is a defensive-line to offensive-line conversion project that spent his rookie season on the practice squad before going to the practice squad injured reserve with a knee issue. I'm guessing he'll clear waivers, so don't necessarily count him out long-term.

The Hawks now have two open spots on their roster.