The Seahawks on Tuesday signed Chase Coffman to help add depth at tight end with Jimmy Graham now out for the season after suffering a knee injury.
The Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday signed Chase Coffman to help fill the void at tight end created by the season-ending injury suffered Sunday by Jimmy Graham. Seattle made room on the 53-man roster by waiving center Drew Nowak, who was the team’s opening day starter at that spot but has since lost the job to Patrick Lewis and has been inactive the past three games. Nowak had seven starts this season for the Seahawks.
Coffman has played in 36 games since 2010 with the Bengals, Falcons and Titans before being released by the Titans earlier this season. He recently had a work out with the Seahawks.
Coffman played at Missouri where in 2008 he won the John Mackey Award as the best tight end in college football and was a third round pick of the Bengals in 2009. But he suffered an ankle injury that helped derail his rookie season. He played for Atlanta in 2012 and had one catch for 16 yards in the Falcons’ 30-28 divisional playoff win over Seattle that season, a play that moved the ball to the 1-yard-line to set up an Atlanta touchdown in the first quarter.
Coffman has 14 receptions for 147 yards and a touchdown in his career.
In general, Coffman was used more as a blocking tight end by the Titans and that would figure to be his role with the Seahawks working behind Luke Willson and Cooper Helfet.
Graham is out for the year after suffering a patellar tendon injury Sunday against the Steelers, but he is expected to be ready for the 2016 season, according to coach Pete Carroll.
Seattle also released WR Tyler Slavin and DL Julius Warmsley off the practice squad and signed wide receiver Deshon Foxx and defensive tackle Justin Hamilton to the practice squad. Foxx was with the Seahawks in training camp before being released on Aug. 31. Hamilton has been on Seattle’s practice squad already this season, being released last week.
Nowak could be a candidate to return to the practice squad but would first have to clear waivers. Seattle still has two centers on its roster with veteran Lemuel Jeanpierre working behind Lewis.