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Report | Seahawks to sign Tyrus Thompson

Jesse Borek



10 August 2016: New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Tyrus Thompson (74) heads to the field during a joint New England Patriots - New Orleans Saints training camp practice at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photograph by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
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The Seattle Seahawks have signed free agent offensive lineman Tyrus Thompson, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. The move comes in the wake of the season-ending ACL injury to fellow offensive lineman George Fant that happened earlier in the week.

Thompson was waived by the Carolina Panthers back on Aug. 12. He first signed with the Panthers last November and was added to the team’s practice squad.

Selected in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings out of the University of Oklahoma, Thompson arrived as a four-star recruit out of Pflugerville, Texas. He holds the rare distinction of playing in the NFL and having been born in Germany.

He didn’t last long with the Vikings’ organization, as he was soon placed on injured reserve in September of his rookie year, before he was released later that month.

He was soon signed to the Jacksonville Jaguars’ practice squad, before pinballing around to the Detroit Lions and New Orleans Saints. Prior to the start of the 2016 season, he was placed on injured reserve again, before being released by the Saints in October 2016.

The Seahawks attempted to address their offensive line issues during the 2017 NFL Draft, selecting center Ethan Pocic out of LSU in the second round and tackle Justin Senior out of Mississippi State in the sixth round.

Seattle has won each of their first two preseason games, with a matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs next up on Friday. The team is slated to open the 2017 regular season on the road against the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 10.

Jesse is a news desk reporter and FRS SLAM columnist with FanRag Sports since August 2016. He graduated from Stony Brook University with a dual major in comparative literature and journalism.