Colby Parkinson among 3 to IR; The Duane Brown Agreement
Second-year TE Colby Parkinson is sidelined again with a foot injury. (Getty)
We’re less than a week away from the Seahawks’ first game of the year, which is Sunday against the Colts.
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With only days to go until the start of the 2021 season, the Seahawks were very busy Tuesday making a number of roster changes. Here is what happened.
Three to IR, two promoted from the training team
Head coach Pete Carroll said on Monday that second-year tight end Colby Parkinson (foot) would not be ready for Week 1 and rookie cornerback Tre Brown (knee) would be out for a few weeks. This is now assured because these two, along with recently acquired cornerback Nigel Warrior, were placed on the injured list on Tuesday.
In the corresponding moves, the Seahawks promoted cornerback John Reid and receiver Penny Hart from the practice team, and they formalized the signing of cornerback Blessuan Austin.
The Seahawks traded a conditional seventh-round pick in 2023 to the Houston Texans for Reid, a fourth-round pick in 2020, shortly before their preseason final, and he was ruled out in the final strike of the l roster before signing with the Seattle training team.
Hart spent part of 2019 and 2020 on the Seahawks’ practice squad and appeared in 13 games for Seattle last year, playing mostly on special teams. He was also removed on the final day of roster reduction, but accepted waivers and re-signed with the Seahawks’ practice squad.
Austin’s signing was first reported on Q13 FOX by former NFL linebacker Dave Wyman, who hosts 710 ESPN Seattle’s Wyman and Bob and is an analyst on the Seahawks Radio Network. Austin was a 2019 New York Jets sixth-round pick and started 16 games in his first two seasons in the NFL.
Also on Tuesday, the Seahawks signed rookie undrafted free agent Gavin Heslop to the practice squad and released tight end Mark Vital, who is best known for playing on the men’s basketball team. Baylor who won the national championship last spring.
Along with Parkinson’s, the Seahawks have Gerald Everett, Will Dissly and Tyler Mabry, who was promoted from the practice squad Monday, on the 53-man roster at the tight end.
With Brown and Warrior in the injured reserve, the Seahawks have five outside cornerbacks on the active roster including DJ Reed, Tre Flowers, Sidney Jones, Reid and Austin.
Hart joins Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf, Freddie Swain, and Dee Eskridge in Seattle’s Great Receiving Room.
More money up front for Duane Brown, reports show
Star left tackle Duane Brown will be on the pitch for Week 1 after staging a ‘hold’ where he showed up to training camp but did not train as he enters the final year of his contract .
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Brown, 36, did not get a new deal from the Seahawks, but he reportedly restructured his contract.
According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPNBrown’s deal is now fully secured, as $ 7 million from the deal has been reworked into a signing bonus while $ 4 million is his salary, giving him $ 11 million up front. In a follow-up tweet, Fowler reported that Brown’s deal in 2021 was $ 10 million in salary with $ 1 million in staff bonuses, so this restructuring gives him more money up front.
NFL Network Ian Rapoport reported Brown gets Injury Protection Benefit for 2022, and his NFL Network colleague Mike Garafolo reported that a voidable year was added to Brown’s agreement to give him said protection.
Brown is entering his 14th season in the NFL and will be a free agent after that season.
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