The Seahawks signed Michael Jacobson on Friday, a former Iowa State basketball player who joins Seattle as a tight end. Receiver Darvin Kidsy was waived to make room on the 90-man roster.
Jacobson, who is 6-foot-7, 244 pounds, played football at Waukee (Iowa) High School and was talented enough to earn a scholarship offer from Iowa State, but instead he went to Nebraska to play basketball. After two seasons with the Cornhuskers, Jacobson transferred to Iowa State where he started 67 games over two seasons, averaging 9.5 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. As a junior, Jacobson helped lead Iowa State to a Big 12 tournament championship and a trip to the NCAA Tournament, earning Big 12-All-Tournament Team accolades after averaging 9.7 points and 9.3 rebounds in the Cyclones' three wins.
After finishing his college career, Jacobson spent last year playing for Kyiv-Basket of the Ukrainian Basketball SuperLeague.
This is not the first time in recent history that the Seahawks have attempted to convert a former college basketball player. Most notably, the Seahawks signed George Fant as an undrafted rookie following a standout basketball career at Western Kentucky, and Fant went on to play 46 games, starting 24 as a tackle and a big tight end over three seasons before signing with the Jets as a free agent last year. Seattle also signed Darren Fells, a UC Irvine basketball player, in 2013, and while he didn't make the team, he has gone on to have a nice career, appearing in 102 games with 76 starts over the past seven seasons.
Kidsy, who went undrafted out of Texas Southern in 2018, joined the Seahawks practice squad late last season, then was re-signed to a futures contract after the season ended.
Photos of fans at Seahawks Training Camp, held on Wednesday, August 4 at Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Seahawks Training Camp is presented by Safeway.