BY SPNW Staff 02:14PM 05/23/2014

Seahawks waive rookie OT Scott: Heart problem

The Seahawks Friday waived OT Garrett Scott, the first of their two sixth-round draft choices (199th overall) in the draft, with a non-football illness designation. Scott, who signed his rookie contract Thursday, was unable to pass his physical due to a rare heart condition.

“After undergoing an extensive physical with our medical staff last week, Garrett’s examination revealed a rare heart condition that will prevent him from any on-field participation in the near future,”  general manager John Schneider wrote in a club statement. “We think highly of Garrett as a person and as a football player. The team is committed to supporting Garrett in the months to come and will continue to help him determine his next steps.”

Because he was waived after he signed his contract, that means the Seahawks are willing to pay his signing bonus and salary for the year.

Scott played in 41 games with 35 starts for Marshall, and was voted to the All-Conference USA second team after his senior season.

Following the draft, head coach Pete Carroll said the Seahawks would be looking at Scott as a left tackle.

“He’s done it and it’s a difficult spot to find,” Carroll said, adding that Scott could play multiple positions on the offensive line. “He looked very comfortable there. He really has the kind of quickness and light-on-his-feet ability that gives us the thought that he could do that. But, we always need our guys to be flexible, and he does help us there.”


YourThoughts

  • Its onlySports(DavidWakefield)

    The kid made it through 35 collegiate starts with the then undetected condition And Pete seemed really high on his potential. The Seahawks(possible) thinking on paying him anyway is that with the outstanding medical community out here in Seattle perhaps down the road he gets the problem under control and gets a 2nd shot at his dream of playing in the NFL(Seahawks)…this story is about the toughest of breaks and regardless of reasoning it was a noble gesture for Paul Allen to engage(in writing the check) for Scott. Its a life that’s at stake here and the Hawks are champions in more than just the mere game of Football. Kudos to our team that we love for doing the right thing. Godspeed Garrett in getting to the bottom of this so that you may live a healthy fulfilling life.

    • art thiel

      Good words, David. Since we don’t know the condition, it’s impossible to know outcomes, but the Seahawks did the right thing by committing to him in order to see if he can resume his career.

  • Jeff Shope

    classy move wish all the best for the kid he has to be so disappointed right now but with hawks help he will go on to do other things

  • jafabian

    At first I was thinking the contract was probably insured but if the Seahawks signed him knowing of his medical condition I’m not so sure. Even so, still a classy move by a classy organization. Hope Scott can resume his career at a later date.

    • art thiel

      The Seahawks will certainly pay his signing bonus, and probably most or all of his first-year salary. Not surprising. They understand it’s money spent fairly and wisely.