Wide receiver Matt Austin, who agreed to terms with the Seahawks as a rookie free agent immediately following the 2013 NFL Draft, has been waived from the club, the team announced this afternoon. Wide receiver Greg Herd, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound product out of Eastern Washington University has been signed in Austin’s place.
Herd, a native of Tacoma, Wash., originally agreed to terms with the Dallas Cowboys following April’s draft. A 2009 graduate of Washington’s Steilacoom High School, Herd played at quarterback and defensive back for the school before moving to wideout for the Eagles.
In four seasons at Eastern, Herd made 165 catches (good for ninth in school history) for 2,348 yards (11th in school history) and 17 touchdowns (13th in school history). He started 22 of the 47 games in which he appeared and in 2012 was named honorable mention All-Big Sky Conference, when he grabbed 66 passes for 952 yards and seven scores.
At his Pro Day back in March, Herd ran a 4.53-second 40-yard dash and added a 33.5-inch vertical leap.