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Seahawks Sign NT Jacob Sykes; Waive NT Forrest Merrill

The Seahawks swapped out nose tackles Monday, signing UCLA’s Jacob Sykes and releasing Forrest Merrill.

Jacob Sykes

The Seahawks kicked off mandatory minicamp week Monday by making a move on the defensive line.

After being waived in May, UCLA undrafted defensive tackle Jacob Sykes is back in Seattle. To make space on the 90-man roster, Seattle waived Arkansas State defensive tackle Forrest Merrill.

Sykes is now the sixth player on Seattle's roster listed as an interior defender, as Seattle looks to find more presence up-front to improve on the NFL's No.30-ranked run defense in 2022. Before transferring to UCLA, Sykes starred at Harvard University, playing 28 games and earning First Team All-Ivy League Honors in 2021. In 2022, Sykes played 13 games as a Bruin, accumulating 29 combined tackles with 1.5 tackles for loss and a sack.

Merrill was signed by the Los Angeles Chargers as a 2021 undrafted free agent, spending time on the practice squad before being waived in August of 2022.

With Mandatory Minicamp beginning next week, the Seahawks completed the sixth OTA session of the offseason on June 2, 2023 at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center.

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