The Seahawks signed Luke Willson to their practice squad on Wednesday, bringing back the veteran tight end who has been a fan favorite since first arriving in Seattle as a fifth-round pick in 2013.
The Seahawks also brought back to the practice squad linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong, an eight-year veteran who has spent most of the season on Seattle's practice squad. Armstrong has appeared in two games for Seattle as a practice squad elevation, a Week 7 loss to Arizona and a Week 14 win over the New York Jets.
Willson, who spent his first five seasons in Seattle before leaving in free agency in 2018, returned to Seattle last season following the trade that sent tight end Nick Vannett to Pittsburgh, then re-signed as a free agent in April.
Willson appeared in five games for the Seahawks this season before being released after rookie tight end Colby Parkinson was activated off the non-football injury list, then spent three games with the Baltimore Ravens before they let him go earlier this month. After releasing Willson, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll made it clear the team was open to a reunion.
"I would love to see Luke back," Carroll said. "I love him on our team."
Willson has appeared in 85 games for the Seahawks over seven seasons, starting 44 with 97 catches for 1,208 yards and 11 touchdowns, played on two Super Bowl teams, and caught the most famous 2-point conversion in team history, a catch that gave the Seahawks a 3-point lead late in their NFC Championship Game victory over the Packers. In addition to providing depth at tight end, Willson has been a strong special teams player throughout his career so he could also help the team there.
The Seahawks had two openings on their practice squad, having released cornerback DeMarkus Acy and defensive tackle Myles Adams on Tuesday.
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