On Sunday, the Seahawks made a move to add depth to their secondary, trading an undisclosed 2016 NFL Draft pick to the Detroit Lions in exchange for cornerback Mohammed Seisay, a second-year pro who went undrafted out of the University of Nebraska.
Listed at 6-foot-2 and 202 pounds, the 25-year-old Virginia native saw time in 13 games during his rookie season with the Lions, tallying five total tackles - two of which came on special teams.
The pick up comes as the team's defensive backfield awaits the return of Jeremy Lane and Tharold Simon, each of whom started training camp on the team's Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. Lane is still recovering from the ACL and arm injuries he suffered in Super Bowl XLIX and Simon is nursing a shoulder setback he endured last December with the hope he'll play in preseason games.
"We're always looking to keep the competition going," Carroll said ."We're light on numbers in the DB area, we have some young guys that are doing some cool things at the safety spots that we want to see and we don't want to have to mix those guys at corner, so there's some reasons it makes sense. This is a guy that we see something special and John [Schneider] found him. He's long and he's fast and he's very athletic. He's young at the spot, so he'll be a guy that we'll try to build and see where he fits in. He'll just enter into the competition."
A spot on the Seahawks' 90-man roster opened earlier Sunday following the release of defensive tackle Tony McDaniel, who was let go after Seattle recently inked four-year contract extensions with quarterback Russell Wilson and linebacker Bobby Wagner.
Seisay's acquisition marks the second consecutive training camp that the Seahawks have traded for a cornerback. The club shipped a draft pick to the Indianapolis Colts last year for the rights to Marcus Burley.