The third phase of NFL free agency has begun, and the Seahawks have been very active. General Manager John Schneider and Head Coach Pete Carroll have made some very shocking moves. They have signed four new players in Pro Bowl pass rusher Ezekiel Ansah, defensive back Jamar Taylor, fullback Nick Bellore, and guard Marcus Martin. The Seahawks have also waived wide receiver Doug Baldwin and Safety Kam Chancellor.
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) May 10, 2019
Ansah, who will turn 30 towards the end of May, is set to join Seattle on a deal that guarantees him $6M. He has been plagued with injuries over the course of his career and is likely to be cleared to play by Mid-August. Ansah will help fill the void that was created when Seattle shipped Frank Clark to the Chiefs.
Taylor, 28, should add some valuable defensive back depth for the Seahawks, especially since they lost Justin Coleman to the Lions. Taylor split the 2018-19 season with the Cardinals and the Broncos.
Bellore, 29, started his NFL career as a linebacker and was later switched to fullback. He had his best season in 2016, which saw him start 10 games for San Francisco. This will give Seattle their only true fullback on the current roster.
Martin, 25, came into the NFL as a center. He has had snaps at center, right guard, and left tackle ever since coming into the league in 2014. Martin has not played in an NFL since December 2016.
Both Baldwin and Chancellor failed physical designations, and therefore have been released. Baldwin signed with Seattle as an unrestricted free agent in 2011 and has blossomed ever since. Over the course of his career, Baldwin racked up 6,563 receiving yards (3rd in team history) and 49 touchdowns (2nd in team history).
.@DougBaldwinJr made the most ridiculous grabs 😱
End of an era in Seattle. pic.twitter.com/gpujvMQ10L
— NFL (@NFL) May 9, 2019
Chancellor was the last remaining member of Seattle’s Legion of Boom. Throughout his career, Chancellor recorded 641 tackles, 12 interceptions, nine forced fumbles, and two sacks. He was drafted by the Seahawks in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He was selected to the Pro Bowl four times in eight seasons.