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Seahawks Sign LB Lakiem Williams, Release DE Aldon Smith

The Seahawks added linebacker depth, signing Tacoma native Lakiem Williams.

Syracuse's Lakiem Williams (46) warms up prior to the start of an NCAA college football game against Duke in Durham, N.C., Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben McKeown)

Needing depth at linebacker, the Seahawks turned to a local product, signing Tacoma native Lakiem Williams.

The Seahawks also released defensive end Aldon Smith on Wednesday, opening up a spot on the 90-man roster.

A Spanaway Lake High School grad, Williams began his career at Butte College before transferring to Syracuse, where as a senior he started all 12 games at middle linebacker, recording 110 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks on his way to All-ACC third-team honors. Williams went undrafted in 2020, then briefly spent time with the CFL's Ottawa Redblacks this summer.

The Seahawks have been thin at linebacker of late with Cody Barton and Jon Rhattigan both dealing with injuries. Fullback Nick Bellore, who started his NFL career at linebacker, has been playing linebacker in practice since last week due to depth issues.

Smith, a former Pro-Bowler and All-Pro with the 49ers, signed with Seattle this offseason. After an impressive start to his career that saw him record 43 sacks in his first three seasons, Smith was suspended multiple times and eventually missed four full seasons before enjoying an impressive comeback season with Dallas in 2020.

Photos from Seahawks Training Camp practice, held on Tuesday, August 10 at Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Seahawks Training Camp is presented by Safeway.

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