Seahawks sign draft choice Cassius Marsh, two tryout players

Posted May 19, 2014

The Seahawks signed three players on Monday, including fourth-round draft choice Cassius Marsh. Also signed were two players who attended the weekend rookie minicamp on a tryout basis – Rashaun Allen and Nate Isles.

Rashaun Allen didn’t just catch everything thrown his way during the Seahawks’ three-day minicamp over the weekend; the rookie tight end from Southern University also caught the eyes of the coaches.

Allen, who was participating in the minicamp on a tryout basis, was signed Monday, the club announced.

Also signed were defensive end Cassius Marsh, a fourth-round pick in last weekend’s NFL Draft; and Nate Isles, a 6-foot-5, 348-pound guard from North Carolina A&T who also was a tryout player during the minicamp.

The Seahawks also terminated the contract of tight end Travis Beckum, who was signed in February after playing four seasons with the New York Giants; and waived cornerback Jimmy Legree, one of nine rookie free agents signed after the draft.

The 6-4, 250-pound Allen went up between four defenders to catch a touchdown pass from Keith Price at the beginning of Sunday’s practice and then caught three passes for 30 yards during the scrimmage that concluded the final minicamp practice. He joins a group that already included starter Zach Miller; incumbent back Luke Willson, a fifth-round draft choice last year; Anthony McCoy, a sixth-round draft choice in 2010 who spent last season on injured reserve; Cooper Helfet, who was on the practice squad last season; and Chase Dixon, a rookie free agent.

Marsh also had an impressive minicamp. The 6-4, 254-pound Marsh worked primarily at end, but also showed the versatility to move inside to tackle in the nickel line.

“He came in here in great shape,” coach Pete Carroll said on Sunday. “He was flying round the whole time. He never showed any signs of wearing down. He’s very active, a very instinctive football player. He moved around to a couple of different spots here to give us some looks. That’s pretty exciting. It’s pretty exciting that he’s so active.”

If that dual role and relentless production sounds familiar it’s because the coaches envisioned Marsh filling a role similar to the one Michael Bennett used last season to lead the Super Bowl champions in sacks.

“The role that we kind of talked about – kind of like Michael Bennett – it looks like that might have a chance,” Carroll said. “We’ll take a lot of time to figure that out. But Cassius looked very good, by far the most active guy out there.”

Isles worked at right tackle with the No. 2 line during the minicamp.

The signing of Marsh leaves the Seahawks with five unsigned draft choices: wide receivers Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood, tackles Justin Britt and Garrett Scott and linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis.