Seahawks sign basketball-playing tight end Darren Fells

Darren Fells

Looking to increase the competition at tight end, the Seahawks have reached into another sport and another continent.

Darren Fells, a 6-foot-7, 281-pound basketball player who was last with the Libertad Sunchales in Argentina, was signed today after going through a workout with the Seahawks on Tuesday.

Fells, who will turn 27 next month, was an all-state tight end at Fullerton (Calif.) High School. He opted to play basketball at UC Irvine and then played in Finland, Belgium, Mexico and France before going to Argentina. His brother, Daniel, is tight end with the Patriots and also has played for the Falcons (2006), Rams (2008-10) and Broncos (2011).

Zach Miller is the Seahawks’ starting tight end, and he caught 12 passes for a 15.8-yard average in their two playoff games last season after catching 38 passes for a 10.4-yard average during the regular season. But Miller tore the plantar fascia in his left foot during the playoff loss to the Falcons.

Anthony McCoy was the No. 2 tight end last season, when the sixth-round draft choice from 2010 posted career-highs in receptions (18), receiving yards (291, for a 16.2 average) and touchdown catches (three, tying Miller and wide receiver Doug Baldwin for second on the team).

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