19 Ex-Seahawks Set to Compete in Alliance of American Football
Though the NFL season officially came to a close with the New England Patriots 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII last weekend, professional football isn’t wrapped up just yet.
The Alliance of American Football, founded by Bill Polian and Charlie Ebersol, will kick off its inaugural season on February 9 and 10. Billing itself as a developmental league for the NFL, eight teams will play a 10-game regular season schedule before the championship on April 27.
Polian, who landed in the Hall of Fame as the architect behind Super Bowl squads in Buffalo and Indianapolis, believes the starters in the upstart AAF could compete with “twos” on NFL rosters.
As the latest professional football league embarks on its first season, here’s a look at 19 former Seahawks will be suiting up and auditioning for NFL teams this weekend.
Justin Stockton, Running Back
Formerly a standout in Kliff Kingsbury’s Air Raid offense at Texas Tech, Stockton signed with the Seahawks during training camp last August and was released during final roster cuts on September 1. The 192-pound back most recently signed with the Lions practice squad in December.
In a regular season tilt with the Cardinals, Seahawks center Patrick Lewis prepares to snap to quarterback Russell Wilson.
Patrick Lewis, Center
After Seattle dealt away center Max Unger as part of the deal to acquire tight end Jimmy Graham from the Saints, Lewis eventually ousted Drew Nowak as the team’s starting center during the 2015 season. Despite playing well during his brief two-year tenure with the franchise, the Seahawks moved Justin Britt to center and released Lewis prior to the 2016 season. He last played in the NFL as a member of the Bills in 2016.
Obum Gwacham, Defensive End
Previously a receiver at Oregon State, the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Gwacham transitioned to defensive end and the Seahawks used a sixth-round selection on him in the 2015 NFL Draft. He didn’t make the team and was waived during final roster cuts, but he managed to play in 10 games for the Saints during the 2015 and 2016 seasons and also appeared in five games for the Jets in 2017.
Tavaris Barnes, Defensive End
After breaking into the league as an undrafted free agent with the Saints, Barnes signed with the Seahawks in April 2016 with intentions of competing for a reserve spot along the defensive line. Unfortunately, he only lasted a few weeks into training camp before Seattle waived him. He hasn’t appeared in an NFL game since his rookie season but did spend the 2017 season with the Redskins practice squad.
Trovon Reed, Cornerback
The Seahawks originally signed Reed as an undrafted free agent in 2015 and he’s re-signed with the team four different times during his four-year career, including most recently competing for a roster spot in the secondary last August. He never played in a regular season game during any of his stints in Seattle, but he did record two interceptions in six games with the Chargers in 2016.
Terrence Magee, Running Back
As an undrafted rookie in 2015, Magee appeared in three games for the Ravens, but he’s bounced around ever since. He spent a brief time on Seattle’s active roster during the 2016 season, running for 12 yards on three carries in two games. After dressing for two games with the Falcons in 2017 and multiple stints with the Browns practice squad, he didn’t play at all last season following his release on September 1.
Damore'ea Stringfellow looks to make a move during the Seahawks preseason defeat to the Chargers.
Damore’ea Stringfellow, Receiver
Stringfellow signed with Seattle last May and made a run for a final roster spot following a strong preseason in which he caught four passes for 110 yards and a touchdown. The 6-foot-2, 218-pound receiver didn’t quite make the cut, however, and held practice squad spots with the Titans and Seahawks briefly last season.
Robert Myers, Offensive Tackle
The Ravens used a fifth-round pick on Myers in the 2015 NFL Draft and despite being released by the team twice, the Tennessee State product wound up receiving a Super Bowl ring as a member of the Denver Broncos at the end of the season. He signed with Seattle’s practice squad in September 2017 before eventually being released the following August and hasn’t been on an NFL roster since.
Julius Warmsley, Defensive End
After going undrafted out of Tulane, Warmsley bounced on and off Seattle’s practice squad during the 2014 and 2015 seasons and he never was active for a game. He earned a roster spot with the Dolphins to start the 2016 season, recording eight tackles in five games before being released. He didn’t play last year after the Titans released him at the conclusion of training camp.
Terence Garvin, Linebacker
As one of the more successful players on this list, Garvin has appeared in 75 regular season games with the Steelers, Redskins, Seahawks, and 49ers. He played in 15 games for Seattle during the 2017 season, including three starts, and finished with 17 tackles, a sack, and three quarterback hits.
Seahawks defensive end Christian French (#48) returns a fumble against the Chargers.
Christian French, Defensive End
Signed by Seattle as an undrafted free agent out of Oregon, French flashed at times during multiple preseason auditions for the Seahawks, including recovering two fumbles and a sack during an exhibition win over the Chargers in 2017. But he never found his way to the active roster as he battled through injuries and didn’t play for anyone last season.
Jacob Pugh, Linebacker/Defensive End
Part of last year’s undrafted class, Pugh recorded five tackles in four exhibition games for the Seahawks before being released at the end of the preseason. The former Florida State standout didn’t latch on with another team and will use his time with the Apollos to try to generate interest for a camp invite in July.
Drew Ferris, Long Snapper
As part of the plan to replace Clint Gresham, the Seahawks signed Ferris to a three-year contract in March 2016. He wasn’t on the team very long, however, as Seattle signed rookie Nolan Frese and cut Ferris in early August. He spent time with the Buccaneers last summer, but was waived in September.
Salt Lake City Stallions
Sealver Siliga, Defensive Tackle
Similar to Garvin, Siliga has had a notable NFL career in comparison to many other former Seahawks who will be playing in the AAF. He played in 34 regular season games for the Broncos, Patriots, Seahawks, and Buccaneers between 2012 and 2017, with his best seasons coming in New England, where he earned a Super Bowl ring. He returned to Seattle as a free agent prior to the 2016 season, but played in only four games and last played for the Jaguars last August.
San Antonio Commanders
Andrew McDonald, Offensive Tackle
While NFL careers tend to be very short, McDonald somehow latched on with seven teams in parts of five NFL seasons between 2012 and 2017. He only played in two regular season games, dressing for the Seahawks during the 2014 season. He’s been out of the NFL since the Texans released him in September 2016.
San Diego Fleet
Terry Poole, Offensive Tackle
A fourth-round pick by Seattle during the 2015 NFL Draft, Poole spent his entire rookie season on the practice squad and was released in October 2016. His tenure with the Dolphins didn’t last long either, as he was signed to a future/reserve contract following the 2016 season and only lasted a week into training camp before being released. After failing a physical with the Texans, he hasn’t been in the league since.
Damontre Moore, Defensive End
Coming out of Texas A&M, Moore looked like a potential star in the making when he recorded 5.5 sacks in a reserve role for the Giants in 2014. Off-field issues prevented him from ever fulfilling on his potential, however, and he’s only suited up for nine regular season games with three different teams the past three years. He appeared in four games for Seattle in 2016, making seven tackles and two tackles for loss.
Tani Tupou, Fullback/Defensive Tackle
Tupou received a close look at fullback and defensive tackle with the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent prior to the 2016 season and played in a season-opening win over the Dolphins. The team waived him two days later, re-signing veteran Will Tukuafu to fill the fullback role. He played in one game for the Falcons in 2017 and spent training camp with the Cardinals last summer before being released.
Seahawks linebacker Eric Pinkins wraps up Raiders running back Roy Helu in a preseason game.
Eric Pinkins, Linebacker/Safety
Seattle drafted Pinkins as a safety coming out of San Diego State, but the team transitioned him to hybrid linebacker due his 6-foot-3, 220-pound frame. After developing on the practice squad as a rookie, he played in six games for Seattle in 2015 before being released from injured reserve in September 2016. His last game action came as a member of the Giants during the 2016 season, as he dressed for five games with no statistics.
John Lotulelei, Linebacker
The future looked bright for Lotulelei when he earned a spot on Seattle’s 53-man roster as an undrafted rookie in 2013. The former UNLV star appeared in two games, recording three tackles. But when Seattle needed a roster spot for backup quarterback and receiver B.J. Daniels, they waived Lotulelei and he was claimed by the Jaguars. He bounced around with the Jaguars, Raiders, and Cowboys before filtering out of the league completely after the 2017 season.