The Seahawks on Thursday waived long snapper Andrew East, a day after signing snapper Drew Ferris, and after waiving long-time snapper Clint Gresham last week.
A day after signing free agent long snapper Drew Ferris the Seahawks have waived the other long snapper on their roster, Andrew East.
The move continues what has been a sudden whirlwind of activity at the snapping spot in the last week.
Seattle waived long-time snapper Clint Gresham — who had held the spot since 2010 — on March 16. At that point, that left East as the only snapper on the roster as Seattle had signed him to a futures contract in January.
Wednesday, it was announced that the Seahawks signed Ferris, who played at Florida and was in rookie mini-camp last year with the New York Jets. Thursday came the news of the waiving of East, again leaving the Seahawks with just one snapper on the roster — the 6-foot, 227-pound Ferris. But given the movement of the last week, more moves at this spot are probably likely at some point before the season begins.
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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 the next two seasons with his release).
East had signed a one-year deal worth $450,000 and Ferris likely has a similar contract, so the Seahawks are trying to save a little bit of money at this spot.
East, a graduate of Vanderbilt, was with the Chiefs in training camp last year before being released. East may be best-known for an on-field proposal to Olympic gold medalist gymnast Shawn Johnson last July.
Ferris tweeted about his signing on Wednesday: