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.
The Seahawks kicked off their three-day rookie minicamp this morning by signing seven of the 11 players they selected in last month’s NFL Draft to multi-year contracts.
DT Jordan Hill (third round)
WR Chris Harper (fourth round)
DT Jesse Williams (fifth round)
TE Luke Willson (fifth round)
G Ryan Seymour (seventh round)
LB Ty Powell (seventh round)
G Jared Smith (seventh round)
Still unsigned: running back Christine Michael, who was selected in the second round; cornerback Tharold Simon, one of the team’s three fifth-round picks; running back Spencer Ware, who was drafted in the sixth round; and tackle Michael Bowie, the last of the team’s four picks in the seventh round.
Also signed to multi-year deals were eight rookies who agreed to terms with the Seahawks after the draft:
WR Matt Austin
OT Alvin Bailey
DE Kenneth Boatright
LB Ramon Buchanan
LB John Lotulelei
S Ray Polk
G Jordon Roussos
LB Craig Wilkins
The 11 members of the Seahawks’ 2013 draft class and nine more that agreed to terms as undrafted rookie free agents have been assigned jersey numbers by the club.
Before rushing to the list below, here’s an important note for those of you who may be looking to purchase a customized jersey of your favorite rookie:
These numbers are subject to change prior to the start of the regular season.
For an up to date reference on player jersey numbers, keep an eye on our roster page.
At a glance, running back Christine Michael, tight end Luke Willson, offensive guard Ryan Seymour, and undrafted strong safety Ray Polk are the lucky four who will wear the same number at the pro level (for now) that they did in college. Undrafted linebacker Craig Wilkins, who wore No. 12 at Old Dominion, never even stood a chance at making that transition, as of course that number was retired for you – the 12th Man – back in 1984.
On to the rookies’ jersey numbers, with the number they donned in college displayed in parentheses.
#33 – RB Christine Michael, Texas A&M (College #33)
#97 – DT Jordan Hill, Penn State (College #47)
#17 – WR Chris Harper, Kansas State (College #3)
#90 – DT Jesse Williams, Alabama (College #54)
#34 – CB Tharold Simon, LSU (College #24)
#82 – TE Luke Willson, Rice (College #82)
#44 – FB Spencer Ware, LSU (College #11)
#62 – G Ryan Seymour, Vanderbilt (College #62)
#58 – LB Ty Powell, Harding (College #9)
#66 – G Jared Smith, New Hampshire (College #90)
#73 – T Michael Bowie, Northeastern State (College #61)
Undrafted rookie free agents:
#2 – WR Matt Austin, Utah State (College #4)
#78 – T Alvin Bailey, Arkansas (College #67)
#93 – DE Kenneth Boatright, Southern Illonois (College #54)
#47 – LB Ramon Buchanan, Miami (College #45)
#46 – LB John Lotulelei, UNLV (College #55)
#7 – SS Ray Polk, Colorado (College #7)
#65 – G Jordon Roussos, Bowling Green (College #73)
#38 – RB Dominique Whaley, Oklahoma (College #8)
#45 – LB Craig Wilkins, Old Dominion (College #12)