RENTON — Keith Price watched the NFL draft conclude Saturday with an overwhelming sense of frustration.
“I thought I should have been drafted, to be honest with you, based on my production and my skill set,” said Price, who threw 75 touchdown passes at Washington, most in school history. “I thought it was kind of comical (that he wasn’t).”
The disappointment, though, didn’t last long.
Price said it was “literally less than a minute” after the draft ended that Seattle coach Pete Carroll called and offered a spot on the roster as an undrafted free agent. Price said he accepted almost as quickly, saying, “I just felt like it was the right decision.”
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Price worked out for the Seahawks in Renton last month along with a number of other local players and said the team kept in regular contact afterward.
He’ll face a stiff challenge to make the team as Seattle now has five quarterbacks on its roster, including an entrenched starter in Russell Wilson. Others on the roster are backup Tarvaris Jackson, second-year player B.J. Daniels and the recently acquired Terrelle Pryor.
The Seahawks also signed Eastern Washington defensive lineman Andru Pulu, who began his career at Washington before being dismissed from the team after pleading guilty to felony second-degree assault. Pulu played at Federal Way High School.
A few other local players also found new NFL homes over the weekend. Former Gonzaga basketball player Demetri Goodson was drafted by Green Bay in the sixth round as a cornerback.
Former Garfield High standout Deandre Coleman, who played at Cal, signed with Jacksonville as a free agent. And other former UW players who signed as free agents included cornerback Greg Ducre (San Diego), receiver Kevin Smith (Arizona) and kicker Travis Coons (Tennessee).