Seeing shorthandedness in the secondary depth because of lingering injuries, the Seahawks Sunday traded an undisclosed 2016 draft pick to Detroit for CB Mohammed Seisay, 25, a second-year player from Nebraska, where he played two years and started one game after transferring from Memphis.
A 6-foot-2, 206-pounder from Virginia who played in 13 games last season as a rookie reserve, Seisay had five tackles. An undrafted free agent, he made the practice squad out of camp, then joined the active roster after three games.
Two key CB backups, Jeremy Lane and Tharold Simon, are on the physically unable to perform list in training camp as they recover from surgeries. Lane broke his arm and tore his ACL returning an interception in the Super Bowl, and Simon had a shoulder repaired, but may be ready for some preseason action.
“This is a guy that we see something special in,” said coach Pete Carroll. “He’s long, he’s fast, and he’s very athletic. He’s young at the spot, so we’ll see where he fits in.
“We’re light at numbers in the DB area. We have some young guys that are doing some cool things at the safety spots that we want to see. We don’t want to have to mix those guys at corner, so there’s some reasons that it makes sense.”
The Seahawks also are short at safety, where FS Earl Thomas may not be ready for the regular season after shoulder surgery, and SS Kam Chancellor is in the third day of a camp holdout seeking more money.
FB Derrick Coleman, who started at fullback the past season until a knee injury sidelined him for the season, has a strained hamstring that coach Pete Carroll said will keep Coleman down for at least a week . . . CB Richard Sherman said he fully supports Chancellor’s bid to improve his contract. “He’s like a brother to me and when you take a stand like this, you don’t get a lot of support from the fans about honoring contracts,” Sherman said after practice. “But we understand the things he goes through week in and week out and the trauma he puts his body through and the sacrifices he makes.” Sherman also understood the team’s position: “You’ve only got so much (cap room). If it was like baseball ( no salary cap), we’d have quite a team.”