Gerald Everett is new to the Seahawks, but he shouldn't have much trouble getting up to speed with Seattle's offense.
Everett, who spent his first four seasons with the Los Angeles Rams, joins the Seahawks less than two months after the Seahawks hired two coaches away from the Rams who will have a big role in shaping the offense: offensive coordinator Shane Waldron and run game coordinator Andy Dickerson. Waldron, who most recently served as the Rams' passing game coordinator, was the team's tight ends coach during Everett's rookie season. Because of the Waldron connection, as well as Everett's status as a pending free agent and Seattle's potential need at tight end—Greg Olsen retired earlier this offseason and Jacob Hollister was a free agent before agreeing to deal with the Bills on Friday—Everett joining the Seahawks was a move that seemed plausible all along, and over the weekend, Everett and the Seahawks made it official.
"Gerald brings versatility to any offense, so we're excited to be able to get him here and really utilize him as a weapon that can move around and do a lot of different things within an offensive structure," Waldron said.
A second-round pick out of South Alabama in 2017, Everett has appeared in 61 games, starting 11, and has 127 catches for 1,389 yards and eight touchdowns in his four seasons with the Rams. In 2020, Everett had career highs in catches (41) and yards (417) while playing 57 percent of L.A.'s offensive snaps, according to Pro Football Reference, also a career high. Everett had a career-high 136 yards on seven catches in L.A.'s 2019 Week 5 loss to the Seahawks.
One particular ability the Seahawks hope Everett will bring to the offense is the ability to make things happen after the catch, something that was a strength in his time with the Rams.
"He's got aggressive hands, and he can seem to always find a way to get open versus tight man-to-man coverage," Waldron said. "Then his ability once the ball's in his hand to make the first guy miss or break that first tackle has been something he's consistently been able to put on display since college and right on through at the NFL level. So it's a big asset as far as his ability to aggressively go attack the ball and then make something happen with it once it's in his hands."
Everett joins a Seahawks tight end group that currently includes Will Dissly, 2020 fourth-round pick Colby Parkinson and 2020 undrafted free-agent pickup Tyler Mabry, who spent last season on Seattle's practice squad. Veteran Luke Willson is currently a free agent, while Jacob Hollister, one of Seattle's most productive tight ends over the past two seasons, agreed to terms on a deal with Buffalo last week.