In 2005, Pearman caught 32 passes for 240 yards (a 7.9 per-catch average) and no touchdowns. He also returned 49 punts for 410 yards and eight kickoffs for 187 yards.
Through the 2007 preseason, Pearman was pushed further and further off the roster – in March, while he took a trip to Africa with the Athletes in Action organization to teach the game of football, the Jags signed wide receiver Dennis Northcutt, a player who was destined to take some of Pearlman’s return opportunities off the table. When Jacksonville re-signed running back LaBrandon Toefield in late March, the writing was on the wall – the only advantage Pearman had over Toefield as a player was in the return game.
Pearman lasted through the preseason and all cut deadlines, displaying his versatility to the end. In the final exhibition contest against Miami, he rushed nine times for 21 yards, catching two passes for six yards, and returning a punt 28 yards.
For the Seahawks, Pearman could see a bit of action as a third-down back, though he’ll have serious competition there. Seattle is very much looking to throw to their running backs more often, and he’s a great fit there. He can also serve as a functional option in the return game behind incumbents Nate Burleson and Josh Wilson, and second-year man Ben Obomanu.
The Seahawks cut 21 players
and placed defensive tackle Marcus Tubbs on injured reserve today to get down
to the league-mandated roster limit of 53. At this time, there is no word as
to who will be moved to allow Pearman’s roster spot.