The Seahawks on Wednesday added long snapper Drew Ferris to the roster to compete with Andrew East to replace Clint Gresham, who was released last week.
Ferris played at Florida and was in rookie mini-camp last year with the New York Jets. The Seahawks also recently signed Andrew East, meaning the team figures to have its first significant snapping competition in years.
Gresham had been the team’s long snapper since 2010 before being released last week in a cost-cutting move.
The 29-year-old Gresham had signed a three-year deal worth $2.7 million on March, 20, 2015 as an unrestricted free agent. His contract called for an $860,000 salary cap hit in 2016 and $1 million in 2017, with dead cap numbers of $200,000 and $100,000 (meaning, the Seahawks are saving $660,000 and $900,000 against the cap).
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Seattle recently signed East to a one-year deal worth $450,000 (Ferris would likely be signed to a similar contract, so whoever wins the job, the Seahawks would save some money as opposed to having Gresham do it).
East, a graduate of Vanderbilt, was with the Chiefs in training camp last year before being released. He may be best-known for an on-field proposal to Olympic gold medalist gymnast Shawn Johnson last July
Ferris also announced his signing on Twitter: