The Seahawks on Tuesday signed free agent long snapper Nolan Frese while releasing LB Khairi Fortt to make room on the 90-man roster.
The Seahawks on Tuesday signed free agent long snapper Nolan Frese, releasing linebacker Khairi Fortt to make room on the 90-man roster.
Frese, who attended the University of Houston from 2011-15 and played in 40 games, starting his final three seasons, is now one of two long snappers on the roster, joining Drew Ferris, who signed as a free agent in March. The team is continuing to search for a replacement for Clint Gresham, who had been the team’s long snapper since 2010 before being released in March.
Including Gresham, Seattle has now had four long snappers on the roster at some point this year. Seattle also signed free agent Andrew East after the 2015 season before also releasing him in March.
A Seahawks press released noted that Frese was named third-team All-American by Chris Sailer Kicking & Rubio Long Snapping after his senior year, connecting on all 156 of his snaps.
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Asked after mini-camp how Ferris was progressing, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll had hinted that he still had to show the team a few things to assure his roster spot.
“He’s battling at it,” Carroll said. “He’s done a nice job. He’s got a lot to learn. He’s a really, really good snapper. He’s got tremendous velocity on his snaps. He’s got to learn all the schemes and the blocking stuff and all that, too.”
If Seattle goes to camp with both Frese and Ferris it will be the first time the Seahawks have had competition for the snapping position since 2013.
Fortt was signed in May to compete at linebacker but was sidelined with an unspecified injury for much of the OTAs and mini-camp that were open to the media.