The Seahawks on Saturday signed linebacker Nick Moody to the practice squad, waiving defensive back Brandon Dixon to make room.
Rumblings of Moody’s imminent signing leaked on Friday, with some wondering if he might land on Seattle’s 53-man roster. But Moody qualifies for the practice squad under the new rule enacted last year that allows two of a team’s 10-member practice squad to be labeled as “exceptions,” exceeding the general rules of practice squad eligibility as long as they do not have two or more accrued seasons toward free agency.
In his third year in the NFL, the 6-1, 245-pound Moody played inside linebacker in San Francisco’s 3-4 defense but also was a safety at Florida State (he was a sixth-round pick of the 49ersin 2013). He could be looked at as an option at strongside linebacker if backup Mike Morgan has any more issues with a pulled hamstring that will keep him out of Sunday’s regular season opener at St. Louis.
However, coach Pete Carroll said Friday that Morgan should be back next week.
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As I wrote in the earlier post on Moody, he was released in San Francisco’s final cutdown to 53 after having been regarded as having a good training camp.
This story includes a rather laudatory quote from Darnell Dockett (himself now a former 49er) saying: “He’s had the best offseason I’ve seen of anybody. He’s the first one in and the last one to leave. He’s asking questions and doing things outside of football to take care of his body. I think that when you’ve been in an organization with NaVorro Bowman and Patrick Willis, you think, ‘Why not him?’ … I told him that the sky is the limit for him.”
Coach Jim Tomsula said at the time Moody just got caught in a numbers game.
“That was a tough decision,” he said. “Nick Moody busted his tail and (that was) just the way that worked out numbers-wise, and where we were, that tough decision had to be made.”
Moody is the eighth player with 49ers ties to sign with the Seahawks since 2013 (detailed here).