The Seahawks made a pair of moves Tuesday, releasing veteran tight end Ed Dickson and waiving safety Tedric Thompson.
Thompson, a 2017 fourth-round pick out of Colorado, started six games last season at free safety, but his season was cut short by a shoulder injury that landed him on injured reserve. Thompson started 10 of 14 games played in 2018, taking over a starting role after Earl Thomas landed on injured reserve with a leg injury. Over the course of three seasons, Thompson started 16 games and recorded 80 tackles, three interceptions, one forced fumble and five passes defensed.
The addition of Quandre Diggs via a midseason trade last year, as well as the selection of Marquise Blair and Ugo Amadi in last year's draft, along with the presence of veterans like Bradley McDougald, Lano Hill and Thompson, created a deep and competitive safety group.
Dickson, a 10-year NFL veteran who previously played in Baltimore and Carolina, signed with the Seahawks as a free agent in 2018, but unfortunately injuries limited his impact over the past two seasons.
Dickson missed the first six games of the 2018 season due to a knee injury, then played in the final 10, catching 12 passes for 143 yards and 3 touchdowns. In 2019, Dickson opened the season on injured reserve, then was designated to return in October. Unfortunately, his return to practice was short-lived, as Dickson went back on injured reserve later that week.
The Seahawks added to their tight end depth earlier this offseason by signing three-time Pro-Bowler Greg Olsen, a former teammate of Dickson's in Carolina.