Seahawks Acquire Scobey, Shed Woodard and Lumsden

The Seahawks acquired RB Josh Scobey off the waiver wire today, according to the team's official site. He was released by Arizona yesterday. Scobey, a graduate of Kansas State, spent the last three seasons with the Cardinals.

--Scobey is known as a willing blocker with excellent kick return credentials - in 2003 alone, he took 73 returns for 1,684 yards (both stats led the NFL) and a 100-yard touchdown. Scobey followed that by racking up 723 yards on 32 returns in 2004, despite missing four games with a strained right knee ligament. He also caught 18 passes for 191 yards out of the backfield last year.

It is expected that Scobey could significantly upgrade Seattle’s special teams – he projects more as a return man than anything else.

--The Seahawks also announced the release of DT Cedric Woodard. Woodard had been a Seahawk since 2000, and started all 16 regular-season games last year. He has amassed 111 tackles (73 solo), 1 sack and 2 forced fumbles in his career. Woodard had been struggling with knee injuries after an off-season operation. Frustrated by a slow recovery, he reportedly recently sought a second MRI on the knee.

Originally a sixth-round draft choice of the Baltimore Ravens in 2000, Woodard was claimed off waivers by Seattle that summer. He re-signed with the team in March of 2004, accepting a five-year, $13.5 million contract with a $4 million signing bonus.

According to “The Hawkstorian”, Seahawks.NET’s salary cap guru, the team will save Woodard’s $1.7 million salary in 2005, although he will count for $800K in dead cap this season and $2.4 million in dead cap in 2006. Seattle’s 2006 dead cap number now stands at over $5 million, due primarily to Woodard, Koren Robinson and Bobby Taylor.

Although Woodard did pass a recent physical (this from Mike Sando of the Tacoma News Tribune), there is the possibility that Woodard and his agent could file a grievance, in which case the Seahawks would be back on the hook for the $1.7 million.

If no grievance is filed, or a filed grievance is denied, Woodard still was paid $4.75 million to pay one season of football. He received the $4 million bonus in 2004, plus a salary of $750K.

The Hawkstorian also reports that the Seahawks now have about $3 million in cap space.

--Finally, the team announced the release of UDFA running back Jesse Lumsden. Lumsden was a college sensation at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, where he rushed for over 1,800 yards in just eight games in his senior season. In those eight games, Lumsden had six 200-yard rushing games and 4 for over 250 yards.

At the NFL level, Lumsden fell victim to the Seahawks' deep pool of running backs and nagging hip and knee injuries early on in the team's training camp.

Lumsden was also drafted by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League in the first round of the 2005 CFL Draft.

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