A day after Seahawks coach Pete Carroll announced that Earl Thomas’ tibia injury would be season-ending, the All-Pro free safety was placed on injured reserve, officially ending his 2016 season. The Seahawks signed safety Jeron Johnson to bolster depth at safety and also added fullback Marcel Reece. Running back George Farmer was waived to make room on the roster.
Reece, who played receiver at the University of Washington, went undrafted in 2008 and eventually signed with Oakland, where he made the switch to fullback. Reece spent most of his first two seasons on the practice squad before becoming Oakland’s starting fullback in 2010, and he eventually became one of the league’s best players at that position, earning Pro Bowl honors four consecutive times from 2012 to 2015, while also earning second-team All-Pro honors in 2013.
The 6-foot-1, 235-pound Reece has rushed for 844 yards and three touchdowns in his career and caught 205 passes for 2,015 yards and 12 touchdowns. The addition of Reece comes in a week when Seattle’s only other fullback, Will Tukuafu, is going through concussion protocol after sustaining a concussion in Sunday’s win over Carolina.
Johnson returns to Seattle, where he played from 2011, when he made the team as an undrafted rookie free agent, to 2014. Johnson appeared in 46 games for the Seahawks in those four seasons, starting one, while also contributing on special teams. He signed with Washington as a free agent in 2015, then spent training camp with Kansas City this year.
With Thomas going to injured reserve, the Seahawks now have only one first round pick, rookie Germain Ifedi, on their 53-man roster, and the addition of Reece and Johnson gives Seattle 27 undrafted players on the roster.
The Seahawks also made a change to their practice squad, releasing receiver Kevin Smith and signing defensive tackle Shaneil Jenkins. Jenkins, who went undrafted out of Shepherd University, signed with Denver as an undrafted free agent, then later went to Dallas where he had two sacks and a forced fumble in two preseason games. He was placed on injured reserve by Dallas prior to the start of the season, then later waived with an injury settlement.
Take a look back at the best photos of fullback Marcel Reece, a four-time Pro Bowler who was signed Tuesday by the Seahawks.