Seahawks give waived sixth-rounder Garrett Scott a full signing bonus

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Though Garrett Scott’s playing career is on hold because of a rare heart issue discovered in his pre-employment physical with the Seahawks, the rookie offensive tackle will not go away empty-handed.

According to Curtis Crabtree of PFT and KJR Sports Radio in Seattle, Scott received a full signing bonus in his deal with the Seahawks, which was finalized Thursday, one day before the club announced the rookie from Marshall was being waived with a non-football illness designation.

The No. 199 overall pick, Scott was the first of two sixth-round selections by Seattle. It’s unclear what Scott received as a signing bonus, but as Crabtree reported, Lions running back Theo Riddick got $91,000 to sign as the 199th pick in 2013.

“We think highly of Garrett as a person and as a football player,” Seahawks G.M. John Schneider said in a statement from the club on Friday disclosing Scott’s heart condition. “The team is committed to supporting Garrett in the months to come and will continue to help him determine his next steps.”

43 responses to “Seahawks give waived sixth-rounder Garrett Scott a full signing bonus

  1. If this guy can play in the future great, but living is the goal. Almost like reaching the dream and losing it at the last moment. Tough times for the man. At least he has options. Go Hawks!

  2. It’s almost like losing it at the last moment, but not because with that signing bonus and the support of the team and some time off he has a great opportunity to get better and maybe his heart will end up being stronger than ever before.

  3. How it should be! To whom much is given, much is required….Awesome to see the organization show such wisdom…bodes well for all involved…

  4. Commend the Seahawks, but I do imagine most franchises would do the same. It’s May, NFL reporters have nothing to write about, teams would hardly want to deal with accusations of inhumanity. Avoid bad press and do something nice for an athlete that 100% deserves the nod, it’s an easy decision.

  5. He will clear waivers and the Hawks will place him on IR for the year. His salary is negotiable since he would be a free agent but health insurance is not negotiable. The Hawks medical staff can supervise his surgery and rehab. In a year we will know if he can play again.

  6. Not totally unusual. The Ravens took care of Sergio Kindle when he fell down the stairs and was unable to contribute for more than a year.

  7. Every other rookie who was released with a failed physical keeps their signing bonus. I don’t know what you think is so special about this case or realize what a signing bonus is.

  8. What you guys say is true many teams do take care of players. Pete Carroll/John Schneider/Paul Allen have built a strong reputation about the way they treat players and do business. I remember last year agents/players rated them as the top team to do business because of their honesty and the environment they created. As a Seahawk fan reading this story makes me even more proud of the team I support.

  9. Makes me feel proud to be a Seahawk fan. Would like to think every other NFL team would do the same thing. Tough luck for the young man.

  10. Contracts, including the signing bonus, are contingent upon passing the physical. Thus, when this young man failed the physical, the contract was voided–the Seahawks owed him nothing.

    That they are paying him the signing bonus and sticking with him through his ordeal is truly honorable and should be commended. I am not a Seahawks fan, but I am applauding them today.

  11. $101K signing bonus that didn’t need to be paid. Classy move by the Seahawks to sign him first, fully aware he couldn’t pass his physical. It helps to have the leagues richest owner, but classy nonetheless.

  12. As a lifelong 49ers fan, I don’t like the Seahawks but I can admit that was a very classy thing to do.

  13. Great thing for the club to do, but for Pete it was 2nd nature – he regularly did the same thing at USC, and this time he didn’t have to do it under-the-table.

  14. From KFFL:

    “Free-agent LB James Morris (Patriots) was cut by the New England Patriots because he failed a physical, but he still made money in four days. Morris was paid $10,000 in signing bonuses and $10,000 in other guarantees.”

    Let’s all congratulate the Patriots now for how classy they are for doing the right thing.

    What a nice feel good story – huh?

  15. It’s pretty standard for teams to give bonus money in this situation but it’s uncommon for teams to put a statement out that they did do something like this…a PR move is all it is

  16. I know my Browns have done similar things over the years but that is beside the point. It was a classy move by a classy organization.

    Hopefully, the young man can get healthy and pursue a long and lucrative career, whether it’s on the field or not.

    A lot of respect for the ‘hawks!

  17. Another report stated he gets the signing bonus and his 1st year salary totaling $550,000.

    Go Seahawks!

  18. True, classy move. Reminds me of how the Lions did what they could to secure Best’s future well after it was known his career was over.

    Not so classy of Best to turn around and sue the league though.

  19. It’s a feel good story but teams have to do this. They take the risk on drafting a player, and they have to ante up the signing bonus.

    Cards had to do something similar last year with Ryan Swope.

  20. A class move and prime contrast of the private sector vs big govt. do you ever wonder why Obama doesn’t talk about the VA health situation ? It’s simple- he would then be forced to discuss how yes we can and big govt doesn’t work and solve any problems. Good job hawks.

  21. Class decision all the way. Nice to see an organization do the right thing in the first place. Seahawks get it. Not too many other people or organizations do.

  22. when johnny Knox broke his back during a game with the bears it was known the following year he wasn’t ever going to play football again and the bears kept him on the pup list let him him still come to their facilities use their Dr’s and physical therapy and pay him his salary which was around 1.3 mil the entire season after the injury occurred now that was a classy move

  23. Normally, I would have some type of snide remark for pretty much anything involving the Seattle Seahawks.

    This isn’t one of them.

    Classy move Seattle, very classy.

    Bronco Nation

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