Seahawks sign fourth-rounder Jaye Howard

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PFT has learned, via a league source, that the Seahawks have signed defensive end Jaye Howard, a fourth-round pick, to a four-year contract.

Howard was one of two Seahawks picks yet to sign and his agreement leaves running back Robert Turbin as the only outlier. The Seahawks start their rookie minicamp on Friday, so it probably won’t be long before Turbin is under contract as well.

Howard played at Florida on a defense coordinated by Dan Quinn, who was the defensive line coach in Seattle during Pete Carroll’s first year as head coach. That could help him make a quicker transition to the Seattle system where he will likely be used as a pass rusher. His best attribute as a Gator was his ability to shoot gaps and get into the backfield and Howard wasn’t nearly as effective when he was unable to create separation from blockers.

The Seahawks have added a lot of depth on the defensive line this offseason by signing Jason Jones and drafting Howard and Bruce Irvin. Figuring out how everyone gets deployed should make for some interesting training camp decisions in Seattle.

6 responses to “Seahawks sign fourth-rounder Jaye Howard

  1. The thing Seattle added to their defense this year is SPEED. Irvin ran in the 4.4s, Wagner ran in the 4.6s, and I think this Howard guy is actually the slowest, and ran 4.8 as a DT.

    I am looking forward to third and eight this year. Last year, too many times, there was no pass rush, and QBs were able to wait for receivers to get open. With Jones and Irvin on the field in passing situations to complement Clemons, that should improve this year. We’ll see if Howard can get into the mix as well.

  2. I am really pleased that we have all the draft picks except Robert Turbin signed, but what’s the deal with Turbin? Why isn’t he signed? Camp starts tomorrow!

  3. Wagner was actually faster than 4.6 – 4.46/4.47.

    After following the Florida Gators for the past 20-some years I’d say that your only expectation for a Gators defensive linemen should be ‘mediocre’.

  4. Robert “The Turbo” Turbin NEEDS to get signed and fast. And Jaye Howard should be a natural in the Hawks defense.

  5. It will be interesting to see how many of this year’s draft choices are on the team in three years as starters. The key to the Hawks improvement is a quality QB.

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