BY SPNW Staff 04:49PM 03/12/2015

O’Brien Schofield signs with Quinn’s Falcons

O’Brien Schofield, who attempted to leave the Seahawks last year in free agency (signed with the New York Giants), has reportedly made a successful transition to the Atlanta Falcons, who said Thursday they have signed the linebacker/defensive end. Schofield will be reunited with his former Seattle defensive coordinator, Dan Quinn, now coach of the Falcons.

Originally a fourth-round pick out of Wisconsin by the Arizona Cardinals in 2010, Schofield spent the 2010-12 seasons in Arizona before his release July 25, 2013. Claimed off waivers by the Seahawks, Schofield spent the 2013 season with Seattle and contributed to the Seahawks winning Super Bowl XLVIII over the Denver Broncos.

An edge rusher who can play with his hand on the ground or standing up, Schofield then signed with the Giants, a two-year deal worth $8 million. But after Schofield failed his physical, he returned to Seattle and saw action in 16 regular-season games and all three Seattle playoff appearances. He finished the Super Bowl after DE Cliff Avril left with a concussion.

Schofield finished 2014 with 15 tackles, nine quarterback hits and two sacks.

Schofield is the 18th player (of 46 who suited up) from Seattle’s Super Bowl-winning team to leave the franchise, and the fourth unrestricted free agent to exit Seattle since the league year began Tuesday.


Unrestricted Free Agents

Date Player Action Skinny
3/8 TE Anthony McCoy Re-signed One year; injured last 2 seasons
3/10 CB Byron Maxwell Signed-Phil 6 years, $63 million: ($10.3 average)
3/10 LG James Carpenter Signed-NYJ 4 years, $20 million
3/10 LB Malcolm Smith Signed-Oak 2 years, $7 million
3/12 DE O’Brien Schofield Signed-Atl 9 QB hits, 2 sacks for ’14 Hawks
3/13 PR Bryan Walters Signed-Jax Primary punt returner in ’14

Restricted Free Agents

Date Player Action Skinny
3/6 DE Greg Scruggs Re-signed Injured reserve last 2 years (knee)
3/9 LB Mike Morgan Re-signed Played in 53 games since 2011
3/9 WR Ricardo Lockette Re-signed 11 catches, 2 TDs in ’14
3/9 CB DeShawn Shead Re-signed Played in 16 games with 1 start in ’14

Extensions / Restructures / Cuts

Date Player Action Skinny
3/6 RB Marshawn Lynch Extend. 3 years, $31 million; $12 million in 2015
3/6 TE Zach Miller Cut Played 3 games in ’14; had severe ankle injury
3/6 DT Jesse Williams Cut IR most of last 2 years with knee injuries
3/6 OT Garrett Scott Cut Waived due to a non-football heart condition

Remaining Unrestricted Free Agents

Player Pos. Age Current Avg. Skinny
Kevin Williams DT 34 $2,100,000 Candidate for 1-year deal
Jeron Johnson S 26 $1,500,000 15 games in ’14, 1 start
Demarcus Dobbs DE 27 $1,431,000 4 games in 2014, no starts
Tarvaris Jackson QB 31 $1,250,000 Played in one game in 2014
Heath Farwell ILB 33 $1,125,000 Retiring to coach
Clint Gresham LS 28 $827,500 Played in all 16 games
Landon Cohen DT 28 $730,000 Played in one playoff game
Will Tukuafu FB 31 $645,000 Made 2 starts in 2014
Tony Moeaki TE 27 $645,000 6 games, 2 starts in ’14
Lemuel Jeanpierre C 27 $645,000 Played in 15 games in ’14
D’Anthony Smith DT 26 $570,000 Practice-squad player

Remaining Restricted Free Agents

Player Pos. Age Current Avg. Skinny
Stephen Shilling G 26 $645,000 Went on IR Nov. 10 (knee)
David Gilreath WR 26 $495,000 Didn’t play in 2014
Jermaine Kearse WR 25 $480,000 Winning TD in NFC Champ.

Free Agents Signed

Date Player Pos. From Skinny
3/9 Will Blackmon CB Jacksonville 12 starts for the Jaguars last 2 years
3/9 Cary Williams CB Philadelphia Deal is 3 years, $18 million


Date Player Pos. From Skinny
3/10 Jimmy Graham TE New Orleans Cost: C Max Unger, No. 1 pick




  • jafabian

    Fully expecting Quinn and Bradley to be signing as many Hawks as they can. Wouldn’t surprise me if DQ goes after Big Red. This does free up the Hawks to go after another free agent. Word is they’re talking to Stefen Wisniewski.of the Raiders.