The Seattle Seahawks signed defensive end Malliciah Goodman on Tuesday. Goodman was most recently with the Atlanta Falcons, but was released just a week before the began. The Seahawks placed defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson on injured reserve as a corresponding move, who was injured earlier in the week.
A former fourth-round pick of the Falcons in the 2013 NFL Draft out of Clemson, Goodman spent the first three years of his career with Atlanta. A Florence, South Carolina, native, Goodman was a former four-star high school recruit who was ranked as the No. 2 defensive end in his high school class.
As a rookie, he played in 14 games with the Falcons, forcing the only two fumbles of his career. But his best season came back in 2014, where he played in all 16 games and started 10 of them. He forced two fumbles and made a career-high 17 tackles on a Falcons team that would fail to qualify for the Postseason. But last year, he played in just four games, making only three tackles.
Goodman will presumably back up left defensive end Michael Bennett, who walked off the field two weeks ago after suffering a vicious chop block at the hands of Atlanta Falcons left tackle Jake Matthews, but sustained no further injury.
The Seahawks currently sit atop the NFC West standings with a 4-1-1 record, having come off a 6-6 tie against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. In every game sans a Week 6 win over the Falcons, the Seahawks have held their opponents to at least 18 points or less.