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Seahawks Sign CB Andrew Whitaker, CB Chris Steele and OLB Levi Bell

The Seahawks signed three players ahead of the first practice of training camp and waived nose tackle Jonah Tavai.


The Seahawks signed three players on Wednesday, outside linebacker Levi Bell and cornerbacks Andrew Whitaker and Chris Steele.

Nose tackle Jonah Tavai was waived with a non-football injury designation.

Whitaker, played at Division III Washington University, started 30 of 39 games in his career, totaling 145 tackles, 23 passes defensed and seven interceptions. He spent 2022 focusing on track and field, and was a national champion in the 60-meter hurdles and All-American in the 4x400 relay.

Steele, who went undrafted out of USC in 2022, initially signed with Pittsburgh after last year's draft, then joined Miami's practice squad in September. Steele also briefly spent time with the Seahawks on the practice squad in January, then signed a future contract after the season. At USC, Steele started 23 games and appeared in 29 over three seasons, recording 95 tackles, 1.0 sack, 12 passes defensed, three interceptions, one forced fumble and one recovery. He was an All-Pac-12 honorable mention pick in 2021 when, in 11 starts, he had 34 tackles, two tackles for loss, three pass breakups, two interceptions, a forced fumble and one sack.

Bell, an undrafted rookie out of Texas State, was named the PFF All-America third team, the All-Sun Belt second team, and the PFF All-Sun Belt first team. He started 11 of 12 games last season, recording 66 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss and 5.0 sacks. Prior to transferring to Texas State, Bell played at Louisiana Tech, Tyler (Texas) Junior College and College of Idaho.

Seahawks players returned to the Virginia Mason Athletic Center on July 25, 2023 for the beginning of Training Camp.

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