Toledo, a former tight end/tackle for the University of Washington, is one of two tryout players signed by the Seahawks following their performances in the team’s three-day minicamp that concluded Sunday. Also signed was cornerback
Carroll, the Seahawks’ new coach, recruited Toledo at the University of Southern California in 2001. But Toledo opted for Washington.
“He kind of broke my heart,” Carroll said after the final practice. “But I told him I’m not going to hold it against him right now. We need a tackle.”
Even after selecting Oklahoma State left tackle
“Everything in the NFL is trial by fire,” Toledo said over the weekend. “You just get in where you fit in and try to survive. It’s a matter of making the most of your opportunities and doing what you can. I’m just learning as I go and trying to do the best I can.”
Obviously, Toledo did well enough.
But he has been down this road before. The 6-foot-5, 330-pound Toledo was a fourth-round draft choice by the Miami Dolphins in 2006 and also has spent time with the Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers and San Diego Chargers – primarily as a practice-squad player.
Richards is a rookie from Stony Brook. He also adds depth at a position where former first-round draft choice
To clear roster spots for Toledo and Richards, long snapper Patrick McDonald and linebacker Reggie Carter were released.