Seahawks Add to Slot Competition, Acquire CB Parry Nickerson
Following the surprising decision to release veteran Jamar Taylor, the Seahawks added another player to the mix to compete for playing time at nickel cornerback.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Seattle acquired second-year cornerback Parry Nickerson from the Jets. In exchange, the team will send a conditional 2021 seventh-round selection.
During the pre-draft process, the 5-foot-10, 182-pound Nickerson showed off elite speed by posting a 4.32-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. His other testing numbers at Tulane’s pro day were average in comparison to other cornerbacks in his draft class, including a subpar 7.31-second three-cone drill.
Drafted in the sixth round by the Jets, Nickerson appeared in all 16 games as a rookie, including making his first two NFL starts. In limited action, he recorded 21 tackles and a pass defensed.
But as New York rebuilds the roster with new general manager Joe Douglas at the wheel, many of the players drafted by former general manager Mike Maccagnan have been shown the door. Third-round pick Jachai Polite was waived on Saturday along with several other players drafted by the previous regime.
Joining the Seahawks, Nickerson will likely compete against rookie Ugo Amadi and Akeem King for snaps at slot cornerback. Though lacking the arm length Seattle usually prefers in the secondary, his size and athleticism should allow him to have a chance to see the field quickly on special teams and potentially play himself into a role on defense.