The Seahawks went into the season with only two tight ends and we knew that sometime soon they would be adding an additional player at the position. Today they signed Kellen Davis and released linebacker Allen Bradford to make room on the 53-man roster.
Davis was one of the top high school tight ends in the country and chose to attend Michigan State.
The Chicago Bears took Davis in the 5th round with the 158th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft and he never materialized into an quality NFL player. After four seasons with the Bears, his best being his last (19 receptions for 229 yards), the Bears released him. This offseason the Cleveland Browns decided to give Davis a shot but they too cut the former Spartan.
Enter Pete Carroll and his yearly project. Other experiments include Mike Williams and Kellen Winslow, neither who truly made any kind of serious contribution while with the Seahawks. Davis appears to be another one of these project type players who had great potential but never really lived up to the billing.
Davis will be the third string tight end behind veteran Zach Miller and rookie Luke Willson.
In four total seasons in the NFL, Davis has played in 64 games while hauling in 47 receptions for 529 yards receiving and 11 TD’s.
Here are some reactions from around Twitter:
If Kellen Davis was a baseball card, he’d be the guy you get triples of in a pack, then feed to your dog. So yeah, Kellen Davis.
— Seattle Sportsnet (@alexSSN) September 11, 2013
McGrath had good hands and no real speed, this Kellen Davis has no hands and likely good speed- interesting to see what happens
— Davis Hsu (@DavisHsuSeattle) September 11, 2013
I feel sorry for Russell Wilson. Seahawks just signed the handless former Bears tight end Kellen Davis.
— Mike Praznowski (@PrazMaster) September 11, 2013
— Gary R. Rose (@garyrockrose) September 11, 2013