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.”