BY SPNW Staff 12:14PM 03/24/2016

Seahawks sign long snapper Drew Ferris

The Seahawks Thursday signed free agent long snapper Drew Ferris, a University of Florida product with no NFL experience, to compete for a position held for the past six years by Clint Gresham, released last week in a salary dump. Ferris spent time in mini- camp last year with the New York Jets, but did not stick.

Ferris joins Andrew East as candidates to take over for Gresham, who snapped in the past 96 regular-season games for Seattle. East was signed to a futures contract in January. East spent time in Kansas City’s training camp last summer.

The Seahawks signed Gresham to a three-year contract prior to the 2015 season at $2.7 million. The deal would have counted $860,000 against Seattle’s 2016 salary cap, and the Seahawks decided they could make do with less.

Ferris becomes the fourth player that Seattle added in free agency. The others are offensive linemen J’Marcus Webb and Bradley Sowell, as well as defensive tackle Sealver Siliga. Webb has a shot to become Seattle’s starting right tackle.


Unrestricted free agents retained

Date Player Pos. ’15 Salary New Deal
Mar 9 Ahtyba Rubin DL 2.6M 3 years, $12M, $5.5M guaranteed
Mar 9 Jeremy Lane CB 660K 4 years, $23M, $11M guaranteed
Mar 10 Jermaine Kearse WR 2.3M 3 years, $13.5M, $6.3M guaranteed
Mar 11 Jon Ryan P 1.5M 4 years, $10M (1M annual raise)
Mar 16 Christine Michael RB 208K 1 year, $725,000 (base $675,000)
Mar 19 Mike Morgan LB 750K Contract details not yet disclosed

Unrestricted free agents lost

Date Player Pos New Team New Deal
Mar 9 Bruce Irvin LB Raiders 5 years, $37M, $19M guaranteed
Mar 9 Brandon Mebane DT Chargers 3 years, $13.5M, $5.5M guaranteed
Mar 9 J.R. Sweezy G Bucs 5 years, $32.5M
Mar 9 Ricardo Lockette WR None Seahawks declined to offer, now FA
Mar 16 Russell Okung LT Broncos 5 years, $53 million

Remaining unrestricted free agents

Date Player Pos. ’15 Salary 2015 Season/Skinny
—– Tarvaris Jackson QB 1.3M 33 in April, mopped up in 4 games
—– Will Tukuafu FB 745K 14 games, 1 touchdown
—– Demarcus Dobbs DE 745K 11 games, no starts
—– Fred Jackson RB 870K 16 games, 2 rec. TDs

Unrestricted free agents added

Date Player Pos. ’15 Team New Deal
Mar 14 Bradley Sowell OL Cardinals 1 year for $1.5M
Mar 14 Sealver Siliga DL Patriots 1 year for $1.4M
Mar 15 J’Marcus Webb OL Raiders 2 years, $6.25M, $2.5M guaranteed
Mar 24 Drew Ferris LS No NFL Details not yet available

Restricted free agents

Date Player Pos. ’15 Salary New Deal
Mar 7 Patrick Lewis C 585K Tendered $1.67M
Mar 7 Cooper Helfet TE 510K Tendered $600,000
Mar 9 Alvin Bailey G 585K Received no offer; signed with CLE.
Mar 9 Derrick Coleman FB 585K Seahawks declined to offer, now FA
—– Nick Moody LB 413K 3 games, no starts

Exclusive rights free agents

Date Player Pos. ’15 Salary Skinny
Mar 6 Eric Pinkins LB 180K Tendered; agreed March 15
Mar 7 DeShawn Shead DB 660K Tendered $760,000
Mar 8 Marcus Burley CB 510K Tendered $600,000
Mar 8 A.J. Francis DT 6.6K Tendered $600,000, signed
Mar 8 Jesse Williams DT 393K Waived; never played
Mar 9 Steven Terrell CB 600K Tendered
Mar 9 Moh. Seisay CB 333K Tendered

Additional transactions

March 15: Released long snapper Clint Gresham, who had been with the Seahawks since 2010. Gresham had signed a three-year, $2.7 million contract extension a year ago and his release will save $660,000 against the cap in 2016.


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