Anthony McCoy re-signs with Seahawks

Posted Mar 11, 2014

On the first day of the NFL free-agency period, the Seahawks retained another of their own players by signing tight end Anthony McCoy to a one-year contract.

Remember Anthony McCoy? The Seahawks do, and they re-signed the talented tight end to a one-year contract on Tuesday.

McCoy, a sixth-round choice in the 2010 NFL Draft, injured his Achilles during an OTA workout last May and spent the season on injured reserve following the surgery to repair the damaged tendon. He missed the entire season, including the 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. But it was far from an out-of-sight, out-of-mind situation.

The 6-foot-5, 259-pound McCoy was coming off an 18-catch, 291-yard, three-touchdown effort in 2012 and loomed large in the offensive plans for last season before he was injured.

“We’re extremely excited to be able to retain a young player like Anthony McCoy, one of our own players who was important to the offense before his unfortunate injury,” general manager John Schneider said. “He still has a huge upside in our mind. We felt badly for him last year going through the Achilles injury and that he was unable to play during the season and in the Super Bowl. We just feel like he’s a well-rounded tight end and we’re very happy to have him back in the mix.”

And McCoy is very happy to be back where he considers home. He played his college ball for coach Pete Carroll at USC and was part of the first draft class for Carroll and Schneider with the Seahawks.

“It feels great to still be a part of this,” McCoy said moments after signing his new deal. “This is going on nine or 10 years now with coach Carroll, so nothing’s really changed for me. This is pretty much what I know and there’s nothing wrong with sticking to that.

“I feel comfortable around here. I know the people. I know the system. I know the coaches. This felt like the right decision for me just to stick around and I’m real excited about it.”

The lure of testing the market was there, but only briefly.

“Everyone always has, I think, an interest in going into free agency and seeing what they’re worth on the market,” McCoy said later during a conference-call interview. “But Seattle came at me tough. They were the team that drafted me. At the end of the day, I felt this was the best place for me to continue my career in the NFL and I feel I made the right choice.”

It was a family affair, as McCoy was accompanied by his wife, Ashley, and their three-month old son, A.J.

“I’ve been real anxious,” McCoy said. “It was tough watching from the sidelines last year and it feels good to know I’ve got a chance to get back out there and do what I love to do – and that’s play football.”

After playing in two games as a rookie, McCoy caught 13 passes for 146 yards in 2011. The following season, his increased totals included a three-catch, 105-yard effort against the Arizona Cardinals – only the fourth 100-yard receiving game by a tight end in franchise history.

In McCoy’s absence last season, rookie Luke Willson stepped in as the backup to starter Zach Miller and Kellen Davis was signed to be the third tight end. Miller caught 33 passes for 387 yards and five touchdowns, while Willson had 20 receptions for 272 yards and one TD.

McCoy can’t wait to get back into the mix, and said he anticipates being ready to participant when the OTA sessions begin in May.

“It’s been a long process,” McCoy said. “It’s been a real difficult process for me, long process. I had some of the best trainers working with me in (David) Stricklin and Donald (Rich), working with me every day of the week and getting me right. At this point in my rehabilitation process I feel like I’m just about there.”

And, he can’t wait to get back out there and make up for his lost time.

“At first, it was tough. You want to be out there,” McCoy said. “You see all the plays that you can make, all the things you can do to contribute to the team’s success. Not being out there, it weighed a lot on me at first. But as time went by, you just kind of let it pass and all that you’re focused on is the stuff you can control. And all I could control at that time was my rehabilitation process and that’s pretty much where all my focus was at.”

That doesn’t mean he wasn’t watching.

“It was really good to see the team be successful, and I’m really happy for them and I was happy I got to be part of the Seahawks organization and watch them go all the way and win the Super Bowl,” McCoy said. “It was fun, and it was kind of sad for me at the same time.

“But I’m past it. We won the Super Bowl and now I’m on to 2014.”