Friday, April 30, 2010

SEAHAWKS: WWU alumni added to roster

In an online Q&A session with The Seattle Times yesterday Seahawks GM John Schneider assured fans that he would do everything he could to upgrade the team. That includes combing the semi-pro leagues for overlooked talent.

Last year with in Florida, Matt Overton helped the Tuskers post a perfect 6-0 record in the UFL’s “Premiere” season. The Tuskers subsequently lost the inaugural championship game in Las Vegas, but his performance was enough to catch some eyes on the scouting staff of Pete Carroll and John Schneider.

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Overton attended a mini-camp after graduation in 2007 but the Seahawks, still under the rule of Mike Holmgren declined to offer him a contract. After his year in the UFL, Overton signed with the Seahawks in February, but Seattle released him in March to clear room on the preseason roster.

Circumstances change and the ‘Hawks felt they could not do without the former Tuskers’ services and on Thursday, they announced the Overton’s resigning. The freshly minted Seahawk has also played for the Tri-Cities Fever, currently of the Indoor Football League. Overton is an alumnus of Western Washington University and its recently dismantled football team.

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