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Category: Former Players

Jan.
27th

Seahawks “Legion of Boom” on former member Brandon Browner: “It’s his competitive nature”

The “Legion of Boom’s” defector wants his former legionnaires targeted.

The Seahawks’ response? Of course he does.

New England cornerback Brandon Browner won Super Bowl 48 with the Seahawks last year. Here at Super Bowl 49, Browner is wanting to win another — while teammates on offense further injure Richard Sherman, who is recovering a sprained elbow, and Earl Thomas, who is healing a dislocated shoulder.

“At the end of the day, this is about the Super Bowl,” Browner told ESPN. “I’m gonna tell my teammates to go hit that elbow, go hit that shoulder. …

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Aug.
7th

Deon Grant announces his retirement

Seattle Seahawks strong safety Deon Grant, left, celebrates the Seahawks' 24-21 win over the Cincinnati Bengals with fans at Qwest Field in Seattle Sunday, Sept. 23, 2007, in an NLF football game. Grant recovered a fumble by Bengals' Glenn Holt with 54 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to seal the win for Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Seahawks strong safety Deon Grant, left, celebrates the Seahawks’ 24-21 win over the Cincinnati Bengals with fans at Qwest Field in Seattle Sunday, Sept. 23, 2007, in an NLF football game. Grant recovered a fumble by Bengals’ Glenn Holt with 54 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to seal the win for Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Former Seattle Seahawks safety Deon Grant announced his retirement today, according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News.

Grant, 34, played 11 seasons in the NFL with the Panthers, Jaguars, Seahawks and Giants.

After his three seasons in Seattle, Grant was released by the Seahawks when Pete Carroll took over 2010, and signed with the Giants as a free agent, winning a Super Bowl with the team in 2011.

Grant was one of the team leaders for the Seahawks during his tenure in Seattle, starting 48 games from 2007 to 2009, and totaling eight interceptions. One of Grant’s strengths was his durability. He played in 176 straight games.

Grant said he wants to stay involved in football, perhaps as a coach.

“I still study the game a lot,” Grant said, via The Daily News. “I study the game because I think that’s going to be a place where I land on my feet as far as coaching. I do a lot of charity work, I have other businesses running for me, but my main thing right now is getting back into that whole football swing of things.”

June
10th

Bills cut ex-Hawks QB Tarvaris Jackson

Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson throws to Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice at the start of practice at the Seahawks practice facility in Renton, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011.
Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson throws to Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice at the start of practice at the Seahawks practice facility in Renton, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011.

One of the reasons Tarvaris Jackson signed with the Buffalo Bills during the offseason is he believed that he was given assurances from the team’s former general manager, Buddy Nix, that he would have a legitimate shot at earning the starting quarterback job.

But then Buffalo signed Kevin Kolb in free agency and drafted E.J. Manual in the first round, and the writing was on the wall for Jackson.

The Bills announced that Jackson had been released today. Jackson gets to keep a $500,000 signing bonus for his troubles.

With backup quarterback Brady Quinn still learning Seattle’s offense, Jackson would be a good fit for the Seahawks. However, Jackson did not leave the Seahawks on good terms last year, after the team traded him to Buffalo for a seventh round pick.

Jackson believes he did not get a fair shot to keep his starting job in the three-man competition with Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson. And it’s hard to argue that point, with Jackson not getting any snaps during exhibition play because Pete Carroll believed he already had seen enough from Jackson during training camp and the 2011 season to make his evaluation.

May
31st

Toronto Argonauts cut WR Mike Williams

Well, that didn’t last long.

A week after he signed with the Toronto Argonauts, former Seattle receiver Mike Williams was released by the Canadian Football League team this afternoon.

Williams was one of 43 players who participated in a rookie minicamp for the Argonauts, with the hopes of being invited back to compete in the veteran camp beginning in June.

You can watch Williams on the field here.

May
29th

WR Reggie Williams signs with CFL’s Toronto Argonauts

Former University of Washington standout receiver Reggie Williams. (TNT file photo)
Former University of Washington standout receiver Reggie Williams. (TNT file photo)

First reported by Adam Caplan, Lakes High product and University of Washington standout Reggie Williams has signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.

A first round selection of Jacksonville in the 2004 draft, Williams never lived up to the lofty expectations while with the Jaguars.

Williams, 30, totaled 189 receptions for 2,332 yards and 18 touchdowns in five seasons with Jacksonville.

In 2010, Williams was signed to Seattle’s 90-man roster, brought in to compete with another reclamation project, Mike Williams. However, Reggie Williams was released before the beginning of training camp.

Now, Reggie and Mike Williams are back together again in Toronto. Mike Williams signed a deal with Toronto last week.

May
23rd

Ex-Hawks’ WR Mike Williams signs with CFL’s Argonauts

Seattle Seahawks receiver Mike Williams. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Seahawks receiver Mike Williams. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

After spending a year out of football, former Seattle Seahawks receiver Mike Williams resurfaced north of the border, signing a deal to play with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.

Williams, a former first round selection by Detroit in 2005 draft, made a successful return to the NFL after conditioning and a lack of motivation forced him to sit out two years.

Making Seattle’s roster in his former coach at USC Pete Carroll’s first year with the Seahawks in 2010, Williams surprisingly led Seattle in receptions with 65 catches for 751 yards and two touchdowns.

However, Williams could not stay healthy in 2011, playing in 12 games and finishing with just 18 catches for 236 yards and a touchdown.

The Seahawks ultimately decided to release the USC product before the 2012 season started, allowing Golden Tate to take over as the team’s starting split end.