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Hawks release SS Polk, sign TE Palmer

Post by Eric Williams on July 23, 2013 at 11:19 am with 38 Comments »
July 23, 2013 11:19 am
Atlanta Falcons tight end Michael Palmer (81) runs through drills before an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Atlanta Falcons tight end Michael Palmer (81) runs through drills before an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

The Seattle Seahawks announced this morning that they have cut undrafted rookie free agent strong safety Ray Polk. The University of Colorado product was one of six safeties on Seattle’s roster.

With the vacant roster spot, the Seahawks added tight end Michael Palmer, giving the team seven tight ends at one of the thinnest position groups on the team in terms of experience.

Palmer, 25, played in 43 games with five starts over the last three seasons for the Atlanta after joining the team as an undrafted rookie free agent on April of 2010.

During his time with the Falcons, Palmer finished with 21 receptions for 123 yards and three touchdowns.

In May, Palmer signed with the New York Giants as an unrestricted free agent, but was released on May 29.

Palmer give Seattle some experience at tight end. Until the addition of Palmer, starter Zach Miller was the only player among Seattle’s tight ends with a catch in the regular season. Seattle now has seven tight ends on the roster heading into the beginning of training camp on Thursday.

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  1. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Eric- Just when you get my hopes high on Polk you pull the rug right out from under me. How dare you? Lol.

  2. ohiohawkfan says:

    Eric, can you do a story on the lack of depth of funds in my wallet? Apparently the FO is addressing your story topics. LOL

  3. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Eric says this about Polk in his roster analysis yesterday-

    “Polk, an undrafted rookie free agent out of Colorado, is an interesting prospect. At 6-1 and 219 pounds, he packs a punch, but also has good athleticism like Taylor Mays.”

    That got me going! I was soon thinking that perhaps Polk would be a diamond in the rough this year. So I spent about an hour on the internet doing the research on him. Absolutely great workout on his pro day. I couldn’t believe he ran a 4.42 40, and all the comments I read about him from fans, ( who followed him in College ) said he would be a steal.
    Of course I didn’t help things much when I started visualizing him perhaps being the next Easley or Lott. Lol.

  4. Palmer actually played against us in the playoffs last year. Sounds like a viable blocking TE.

    Eric – any idea why the Giants signed and then released him?

  5. rramstad says:

    Damn blog ate my comment.

    Stevos, I’m sure the Giants was the classic deal. Sign a vet, evaluate him for a while, decide he’s not making the 53 and isn’t allowed on the practice squad (not eligible) so cut him when someone else comes along. TE for the Giants typically is pretty strong, they have good reasonably healthy starters… As long as you cut veterans before the official first day of the season, you don’t have to pay them hardly anything, but on that date the full salary for the year is guaranteed. (Some teams will have guys in, evaluate them, cut them, and plan to resign them after that date, precisely so they pay the veteran minimum salary on a per game basis instead of guaranteeing a full year of vet minimum.)

  6. Too bad about Polk. I really liked his combination of size, speed and range, and his physical nature. I really hope to see a step forward by Guy in terms of his improvement and grasp of this system. I figured Polk might have given him a real run for his money as long as he stayed healthy, but now it appears as though we’ll never know about that.

    The truth is though that this roster needed another in-line blocking TE. There’s highlights out there of Palmer making TD catches, but my guess is that he is here mainly because of his abilities as a run blocker/pass blocker.

  7. Dukeshire says:

    Taylor Mays is athletic, but not a very good NFL caliber player. Polk may become a steal at some point, but on a roster this deep at safety, that’s a tall order.

  8. doubledink says:

    It appears that by this staff cutting him we know all we need to know.

  9. dd, I think what we know now, beyond a shadow of a doubt, is that Carroll’s got a great big stiff one for Winston Guy, and sees him as a long term fit at backup SS. Guy is his grooming project, and with Kam locked up now and still quite young Pete basically has the luxury of slowly bringing Guy a long.

    All I or any other fan can do is just hope Pete’s faith and patience are not misplaced. The nickle safety spot is an area where this roster could stand to improve upon, and it’s really on Guy at this point to do that. I don’t think Jeron Johnson will ever be much more than what he already is.

  10. Anthony McCoy will be hard to replace, because he was tall and fast, AND he could block–though Ive seen some utterly horrible attempts at blocking from him…

    McGrath is more of a receiving TE, as is Helfet. This guy from Atlanta appears to be a blocking and short-yardage guy, and really, we needed to bring in another guy who could block for camp at least.

    I cannot see Bevell’s offense not having 3 TE’s at least on the roster. Remember vs Chicago too years ago–we had one TE out, the next guy got hurt and all we had was Morrah…who dropped a 45 yard pass on third down and the game went out of hand…

    Especially in Bevell’s offense, and with the G situation still not solved, having a blocking TE to backup Miller is very important.

  11. Polk just got caught in a numbers game. Seattle needed another TE, and we are loaded at S.

    Someone should give the kid a shot.

  12. Oh no an undrafted guy got cut – he might have measurables but there is a reason he wasn’t drafted.

  13. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Some say there was a reason Baldwin wasn’t drafted, look how that turned out.
    Some say there was a reason Wilson wasn’t drafted until the third round, look how that turned out.
    Some say there was a reason Sherman wasn’t drafted until the fifth round, look how that turned out.
    Some say there was a reason Kam wasn’t drafted until the fifth round, look how that turned out.

    So again what was the reason Polk wasn’t drafted?
    Obviously the FO saw something in Polk to sign him to the team. I’m just wondering what they didn’t see in him that made them decide to pick up a project TE at best.

  14. GeorgiaHawk says:

    BTW- we have two very good if not great starters at safety, one decent back up in Jeron Johnson.
    But really what has Guy done so far to make you think we are really deep at safety?
    The Jury is still out on him imo.

  15. Are any of you from the White Pass or Chehalis area?
    Thought I’d see if anybody from my past hung out around here before the fireworks of training camp starts..

  16. doubledink says:

    Guy’s special teams work probably factors the most at this point.

    They must have seen enough of Polk so far to realize their hopes for him didn’t outweigh his deficiencies. When they start popping guys from the roster prior to camp opening something is glaring.

  17. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I like the part that says ” because of Thomas this secondary works” Or something like that anyways.

    Really though, I doubt if Sherman would be all pro without Thomas.

  18. Obviously the FO saw something in Polk to sign him to the team. I’m just wondering what they didn’t see in him that made them decide to pick up a project TE at best.

    They wanted to give him a chance – there was a REASON for ALL of the things happening – even the seahawks passed on the guys you listed at least twice. They did want to see if the guys could provide something.

    OBVIOUSLY – Polk didn’t show them ANYTHING to convince them that he was worth keeping in front of a “project TE” he may get another chance – maybe even from the hawks – but so far he doesn’t have it. People got on here and clammered about his size speed etc. But nobody said anything about him in any OTA session. While ALL the guys you listed started turning heads as soon as they stepped in the VMAC. BIG difference.

  19. GeorgiaHawk says:

    doubledink- I know good special teams play is important for backups to make this team, I just don’t know if we have the right Guy.

  20. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Well said xcman!

  21. MoSeahawk12 says:

    Posted this on the last thread, but thought it was worth reposting.

    Just found this and gotta tell ya I’ve got a lump in my throat.
    Treat yourself to this 37 minute video. If it doesn’t bring up emotions and get you excited about this season, I don’t know what will.
    Just an awesome video. We’ve come a long way in a few short years. Love this team!!

  22. MoSeahawk12 says:

    And part two of Rain City Redemption. 39 minutes.

  23. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Where is part three? MoSeahawk12.

  24. GeorgiaHawk says:

    If I had to re-do the 2012 draft I would pick Wilson first too.

    BTW-cool pic of Washington flipping the $h@tt out of Berry. I miss Washington!

  25. GeorgiaHawk says:

    BTW- where has BobbyK been? You are not even doing anymore Rant articles. What’s up?

  26. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Also where has Audible been? And HawksKD for that matter.

  27. GeorgiaHawk says:

    No thread would be complete without this-

  28. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Mark this down, Russell Wilson will win the MVP vote this year.

  29. GeorgiaHawk says:

    “Did you ever have to make up your mind? You pick up on Palmer and “leave” Polk behind It’s not often easy and not often kind Did you ever have to make up your mind?
    “Did you ever have to finally decide? And say yes to one and let the other one ride There’s so many changes and tears you must hide Did you ever have to finally decide?”

  30. MoSeahawk12 says:

    Not sure when episode three will be released. Episode two just came out today, so hopefully soon. I’ll link it as soon as I find out.

  31. GeorgiaHawk says:

    OK, I am out of here. But before I go I suggest that Dukeshire and I do a MorkandMindy like thing. We can call it DrunkshireandGeorgiashnokered. Perhaps we could just do it during happy hour which we could drag it out for some extra hours since we are opposite sides of the US. Lol.

  32. Dukeshire says:

    Like a podcast? Potentially fun. At times insightful. Occasionally volitale. Often drinking. Sounds about right. Lol

  33. Interesting stat of the day (as heard on KJR) The seahawks are the only team in the NFL to not lose a game by more than one score in the last 26 games!! No thats competing!

  34. Dukeshire says:

    Camp opens Thursday. Look for KD to return shortly after Eric’s practice report comes out. And definitely after he attends his first practice and we get one of those money reports.

  35. awesome video.. that rainy day redemption video..
    marchall faulk is such a F head. Dude hates the Seahawks from all the beat downs we gave him in the division. Bitch.

    Reminds me of the video I put together about the pregame hype around the Saints game..

  36. Dukeshire says:

    Great video, mocarob.

  37. Maybe “DrunkshireandGeorgiashnokered” could be broadcast live during games from TNT by adding audio-feed to the live webcast?

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