'Hawks host Evan Mathis, sign George Farmer

The Seahawks signed a free agent on Sunday and he's a dynamic athlete sure to intrigue the coaching staff. It wasn't veteran offensive guard Evan Mathis, however, despite the former Philadelphia Eagle spending a lot of time over the weekend at VMAC. Instead, Seattle signed former Dallas Cowboy and Southern Cal Trojan wideout George Farmer with plans to switch him to cornerback.

The Seahawks signed a dynamic athlete off the free agent market Sunday but it wasn't the player fans expected.

After spending much of Saturday entertaining former Philadelphia Eagles' Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis, the Seahawks instead addressed an injury-depleted secondary, gambling on the athletic upside of former Dallas Cowboy and Southern Cal Trojan George Farmer.

Farmer signed with USC as a five star recruit at wide receiver in 2011 but he never lived up to his billing after struggling with various injuries throughout his collegiate career. He missed the entire 2013 season with a knee injury that required surgery and elected to make the early jump to the NFL after a 2014 campaign that was the most productive of his career, hauling in 25 passes for 314 yards and four touchdowns.

Farmer's gamble on himself wasn't immediately appreciated by the NFL, which elected not to include him among the invitations to the 2015 Scouting Combine. The explosiveness he demonstrated during USC's on campus Pro Day March 11 , however, caught the attention of scouts. Farmer was officially timed at 4.40 seconds in the 40-yard dash, though some scouts had him in the mid 4.3s after he measured an eighth of an inch under 6-1 and 213 pounds. The well-built Farmer showed that his muscular build wasn't just for show, as he lifted the bench press an impressive 19 times during the workout.

Unfortunately, while Farmer turned heads with his raw athleticism he struggled during the pass-catching drills, which may be some of the reason why Seattle is expected to switch him back to cornerback, where he last played in high school. The the undrafted free agent was released last week by the Cowboys.

Farmer has good bloodlines. His father, George Farmer, Sr. spent four seasons at wide receiver in the NFL with the Los Angeles Rams and Miami Dolphins in the 80s. He is a physically impressive looking athlete with the strength, tenacity and toughness necessary to make the position switch. Though the Seahawks expect to have their best receiver-turned-cornerback Richard Sherman and several others in the secondary back this weekend against the San Diego Chargers, the team has concerns about its depth in the defensive backfield, prompting the signing.

For as exciting a project as Farmer is, he isn't the immediate contributor that Mathis could be.

Mathis spent much of Saturday at VMAC with the Seahawks and there does appear to be legitimate interest on both sides. With Seattle's offensive line performing well Friday night against the Kansas City Chiefs, however, the club isn't desperate. At least two other teams have expressed interest in the two-time Pro Bowler.

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