BY SPNW Staff 12:28PM 03/13/2015

Seahawks FA Bryan Walters signs with Jags

Punt returner/wide receiver Bryan Walters, a former three-sport star at Juanita High School in Kirkland, became the fifth unrestricted free agent to leave the Seahawks when he signed Friday with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Walters, who played collegiately at Cornell, caught six passes for 57 yards last season while playing in a career-high 13 games. He returned 27 punts for a 7.7-yards-per-return average.

“There are a lot of good players here,” Walters said after arriving in Jacksonville, where he will work under head coach Gus Bradley, a former Seahawks assistant. “It’s just a matter of picking somewhere you’re comfortable, and I think it’s going to be a good fit. I feel like I haven’t even touched what I can do in this league. The opportunity is the big thing for me. I feel like that’s all I need, is to get to a place where I can play. That’s why I’m excited to be here.”

Walters played the 2013 and 2014 seasons in Seattle, starting one game at wide receiver. He caught nine passes for 84 yards. Walters handled 27 punts, but returned only four last season. He called 23 times for fair catches. He had a long return of 21 yards.

The Seahawks did not tender an offer to Walters after the Super Bowl, making him an unrestricted free agent.

SEAHAWKS FREE AGENT TRACKER

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

Trades

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

 

 


YourThoughts

  • jafabian

    Another Super Bowl alum gone.

  • RadioGuy

    Good luck, Bryan, and thanks for your contributions here. I suspect Mr. Walters will do well no matter what he does for a living…even though there appears to be mostly athletes in it these days, it’s no mean feat to get into the Sphinx Head Society at Cornell.