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Minor roster move: Hawks sign a tackle, cut a TE

Post by Darrin Beene / The News Tribune on June 18, 2012 at 4:50 pm with 18 Comments »
June 18, 2012 4:54 pm

From the Seahawks web site:

The Seattle Seahawks have released tight end John Nalbone and signed tackle Edawn Coughman to the 90-man roster, the team announced this afternoon.

Coughman spent the 2011 season with the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL but was released on May 14. He attended Dodge City Community College in Atlanta before transferring to Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C., where he earned All-CIAA first-team honors in 2009.

Coughman comes with some baggage, too.

He was cut by the Argos after being arrested on a gun possession charge in Montreal in May.

According to the Toronto Star, police in Montreal say a cleaning lady at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel reported seeing a gun on a table in Coughman’s room. Later, a SWAT team entered the room and found a loaded gun under the mattress.

CTV Montreal reported that Coughman, 23, told a bail hearing he had bought the gun legally in Georgia and was unaware the law was different in Canada.

Nalbone signed to the Seahawks practice squad on October 4, 2011. He was originally drafted by Miami in the fifth-round (161st overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. He has also spent time with Minnesota, Denver, Philadelphia and Cincinnati in his career.

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  1. SandpointHawk says:

    Tackling Dummies comes to mind…

  2. Soggybuc says:

    He felt the need to carry a weapon in Canada? Dummie is accurate Sandpoint.

  3. chuck_easton says:

    Dude should know it is illegal to even possess a handgun in Canada unless you have a license.

    Even then the handgun must be in a locked case while the ammo is stored away from the weapon.

    You even need a permit to transport the locked up weapon to the gun range.

    Even police are not allowed to carry their weapon off duty in Canada

    He broke a federal law by crossing the border witha weapon in his vehicle.

    He won’t be allowed back in Canada again. He’d better make an NFL roster ecause the CFL is now out.

    This is coming from a former San Francisco PD officer who had to carry a weapon 24/7

  4. Dukeshire says:

    Why he even felt the need to carry a handgun in Canada, is a hell of a question. Unaware the laws in a different country may be different… Brilliant.

  5. whatever..

  6. That was sent too soon. It may have been a foolish move when travelling to Canada but something that shouldn’t be as big of a problem as other crimes by players..

  7. Dukeshire says:

    Perhaps in America, but other countries (Canada) see it differently.

  8. chuck_easton says:


    Your right. Not a big deal at all in the States. Big deal up here. Especially in Quebec. The most anti handgun province in Canada.

    Guy won’t be allowed back across the border.

    How does this tie into the Seahawks? Say he makes the team. There’s that game this year vs. the Bills. Where is that game being played? Oh yeah, Toronto Canada. He won’t be allowed to travel with the team. That is how that can come into play.

  9. chuck_easton says:

    And if you think Canada wouldn’t stop him from coming up for one day a certain baseball team was coming north to play the Bluejays. They had a player on their team named Adam Jones. He initially not allowed to come north with his team because he was mistaken for Adam (Pacman) Jones.

  10. I am by no means a proponent of hand guns, but to rag on him for feeling it necessary to carry a gun in Canada is ignorant. Several of Canada’s major metropolitan areas–epsecially Toronto and Montreal–have exceedingly high violent crime rates. The idea that Canada is so much safer than America due to outlawing hand guns is a fallacy; its not.

    The guy was from Georgia, perhaps he grew up in a rough area. You dont get rid of that sense of needing to protect yourself overnight. (I know from several coworkers that Birmingham AL is one of the most dangerous cities in the world, which is not widely known).

    But it WAS dumb to not even bother to know the major gun laws of the country you just moved to…ignorance of the law is no excuse for breaking the law, even in this country.

  11. The idea that banning normal people from owning handguns has made Canada safer is ridiculous. With the ammount of guns in the hands of criminals (especially biker gangs, which are as big as/bigger than the Mob there), and the large ammounts of guns smuggled into the country across the northeast border on Tribal Reservations, its very ironic that they will ban this kid from playing football for one game.

    Kinda like sewing the bag shut after the cats allready gotten out, eh?!

    Aargh, enough gun talk. My family will think Ive lost my mind and turned into a gun-nut. And I dont even own one.

    I hope the kid has learned that perhaps its a good idea to learn a little more about a new country youre moving to besides where to eat and where to rent a room…lol!

  12. bbnate420 says:

    STTBM, it doesn’t seem like you have a clue. You might want to actually look at some statistics!

    USA (2001)-Gun deaths per 100,000 people Homicide-3.98 Suicide-5.92 Other(including accidents)-0.36

    Canada (2002)-Gun deaths per 100,000 people Homicide-0.4 Suicide-2.0 Other(including accidents)-0.04

    Total murders in US in 2010-14,748, Total murders in Canada in 2010-554 (Canada’s population is approximately 1/5 that of the US so if you adjusted it for population it would be 2,770, still MUCH less than the US.)

    So, it seems your opinion is ridiculous!

  13. bbnate420–You are comparing apples to oranges. My point was Canada’s metropolitan areas–Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, etc,–are not safer for the banning of handguns than many American Metropolitan areas, and in fact have VERY high violent crime rates. Banning guns didnt stop violent crime, just changed it to knifings, etc.

    You can twist stats any way you want–the old lies, damned lies, and statistics thing–but the fact remains that many of Canada’s larger cities are extremely dangerous places, and have very high violent crime rates, despite the banning of guns. Have you any stats to show for numbers of violent crimes, assaults, muggings, etc in Toronto, Montreal, etc?

    Overall, Canada has less violence country-wide (counting rural areas etc), but to single out guns as the only answer for that is not good science. Many other factors contribute to the difference.

  14. bbnate420 says:

    Don’t get mad at me bro, get mad at reality. That’s the problem with your hypothesis. It just defies reality. There are ways to distort statistics and different ways to interpret them but this is not the case here. You said that, “The idea that banning normal people from owning handguns has made Canada safer is ridiculous.” I would say those statistics COMPLETELY prove that to be false. I think most people would say that having a murder rate that is less than 1/5 of the US would make them safer! There is never only one reason for a problem but the availability of guns IS THE ONLY MAJOR DIFFERENCE between the US and Canada is this area. US and every other modern, industrialized country in the world in the fact, which all have much lower murder and gun death rates than the US.

  15. bbnate420 says:

    Crime rates for Canadian cities. Your big city theory falls apart with these statistics. Toronto is 13th in violent crime. Montreal 8th.

  16. bbnate420 says:

    Just because you want to believe something doesn’t make it true. Your opinion that “Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, etc. are not any safer and have VERY high violent crime rates” is just completely and provably untrue. Anecdotal evidence about a city being dangerous isn’t science as you might put it.

    Need more evidence?

  17. bbnate420 says:

    BTW, America has many rural areas as well so that is totally nonsensical.

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