Alex Barron, veteran tackle, agreed to terms with the Seattle Seahawks today.
Barron had been a first round draft pick in 2005 to the St Louis Rams, going 19th overall. He started in 74 of 76 games and could play tackle on either side. After leaving St. Louis, Barron found a home in Dallas, spending his 2010 season there. He played in 11 games and only had one start. The following season he left Dallas to play for New Orleans, yet spent his time there on injury reserve do to a problematic knee.
The 6′ 7″, 320 lbs versatile tackle participated in Seattle’s rookie mini camp this week and showed that his knee was doing much better. After being cut last October from the Saints, Barron was happy to be getting another chance to play again.
“This is real good, especially when you consider that I had to sit out all of last year on injured reserve,” Barron had said during the program. “But I’m over that now and moving forward. I’m here to help the team the best way I can.” (quote from Seahawks.com)
Along with Barron, the Hawks agreed to terms with tight end Cooper Helfet, cornerback Donny Lisowski and tackle Andre Mitchell.
Lisowski, formerly of University of Montana, was singled out by coach Pete Carroll after the mini camp tryout had ended. He graduated from O’Dea high School and was, at one time, a resident of the Evergreen State.
“He was all over the place out here,” Carroll said on Sunday. “I had no (idea about him), other than he ran extremely fast when he showed up for a workout day. And then he went out there and made a bunch of plays. So I was really fired up about him.” (quote from Seahawks.com)
To make room for the new group in the 90 man roster, Seattle released cornerback London Durham, linebacker Adrian Moten, tackle Jon Opperud, and guard Brent Osborne. Moten played in two games, while the other spent time on the practice squad.
Depth is the word. By adding veterans and rookies, the Seahawks hope to get the best of both knowledge and youthful abilities. With injuries plaguing the last two seasons of coach Carroll’s tenure in Seattle, this could potential fix a long-standing problem for the Seattle Seahawks.