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Seahawks add tight end Michael Palmer


The Seattle Seahawks announced the signing of former Atlanta Falcons tight end Michael Palmer just a day prior to the team reporting for the start of training camp.

Palmer spent his first three seasons in the league with the Falcons after going undrafted out of Clemson in 2010. Palmer appeared in 43 games with the Falcons and caught 21 passes for 123 yards and three touchdowns.

Palmer boosts the depth of the Seahawks’ tight end position than has become somewhat thin following the loss of Anthony McCoy to an Achilles tear during OTAs. Behind starter Zach Miller, Sean McGrath is the only other player on the roster that had played in a regular season NFL game. Luke Willson was drafted in the fifth round in April to provide a down-field threat for Seattle but is still unproven.

Cooper Helfet spent time on the practice squad last season but Victor Marshall and Darren Fells are undrafted free agent signings. Fells has been a professional basketball player and has not played football since high school.

To make room for Palmer, the Seahawks released safety Ray Polk.

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14 Responses to “Seahawks add tight end Michael Palmer”
  1. chaypin says: Jul 23, 2013 3:17 PM

    Good move. The more the merrier considering that there are some big question marks behind Zach Miller. Hopefully there’s a gem somewhere in those question marks!

  2. jda129 says: Jul 23, 2013 3:30 PM

    Countdown to news that 49ers claim Polk in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…

  3. kane337 says: Jul 23, 2013 3:35 PM

    A good guy and decent player but slow as snails.

  4. beckzhere says: Jul 23, 2013 3:36 PM

    Michael Palmer was a great backup in Atlanta. Unfortunately (for him not Atlanta) with Gonzalez on the team he never got much opportunity to play. Great depth move for Seattle.

  5. pathsovglory says: Jul 23, 2013 3:47 PM

    “A good guy and decent player but slow as snails.”

    So basically Anthony McCoy v2.0

  6. cball77 says: Jul 23, 2013 4:28 PM

    pathsovglory says:
    Jul 23, 2013 3:47 PM
    “A good guy and decent player but slow as snails.”

    So basically Anthony McCoy v2.0

    Not sure what Anthony McCoy you’ve been watching for the last 2 years. He has good speed for a TE – weaknesses have been dropped balls and poor blocking.

  7. qdog112 says: Jul 23, 2013 5:57 PM

    Willson will get a real shot and Fells could be a player. We’ll see in preseason.

  8. swaggyy says: Jul 23, 2013 6:06 PM

    That seals the super bowl win for us

  9. socalseahawker says: Jul 23, 2013 6:33 PM

    Must be a busy day out there for all still living in their parent’s basements. No PED cracks yet? C’mon y’all are better than that. Go Hawks!

  10. olyhawk says: Jul 23, 2013 7:14 PM

    Training camp competition move. Hope the Willson kid can take that number 2 TE slot, he’s a athletic beast. Carroll will put the best player on the field.

  11. sonoco says: Jul 23, 2013 8:31 PM

    Underrated player with Hall of Fame potential. John Schneider is the best GM in the history of the game and Pete Carroll is a paragon of class and virtue.
    All Hawk fans about every move they make

  12. themackstrong says: Jul 24, 2013 11:20 AM

    McCoy was pretty quick for a 6’5 TE..He had separation many times but lots of drops in his first year playing, showed potential in his second (he will now be missing 2 out of 4 years on IR). This move is about depth but don’t think Pete Carroll isn’t going to give Willson a shot to win the number two spot behind Miller.

  13. mrgrant23 says: Jul 24, 2013 4:37 PM

    hey sea-chickens! stay out of the 49ers posts trying to prove that you are a better team. let the season do the talking!

  14. theceltbeserk says: Jul 24, 2013 9:53 PM

    The Speed of Palmer may not equate as LBs are pulled off of him to cover the run part of the Read Option.
    Wilson will always throw. He is not RGIII or Kapaernick.

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