Seahawks Add Putzier to Tight End Corps

On the same day they fortified their cadre of running backs with the signing of T.J. Duckett, the Seahawks went after another graphic need by signing former Broncos and Texans tight end Jeb Putzier.

Scout.com's Adam Caplan reports that it's a one-year, $605,000 deal with a signing bonus of approximately $40,000. Caplan also reports that according to a league source, the Seahawks didn't bring Putzier in to bunch up the depth chart with Will Heller and Joe Newton -- the 28-year-old Boise State alum has a very good chance of starting this year.

In his career. Putzier has caught 96 balls for 1,251 yards and three touchdowns.

Putzier was selected by the Denver Broncos in the sixth round of the 2002 draft out of Boise State. He put up good seasons in Denver in 2004 and 2005. Putzier signed a free agent contract with the Houston Texans in March of 2006, but he was never as productive in an offense system that hadn’t traditionally used the tight end as a pass-catching option in the past. In 2007, he was usurped by Owen Daniels, who found productivity in the system. Putzier was released by Houston in mid-February of this year and had drawn interest from a few teams.

The Seahawks, who rely in a tight end with speed to stretch the seam in their offense, have been looking for a consistent weapon at the position through Mike Holmgren's ten-year tenure with the team. In 2007, the 35-year-old Marcus Pollard led the team at the position with 28 catches for 273 yards and two touchdowns. Pollard will not be asked to return to the team.


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