The Seattle Seahawks signed defensive end Julius Warmsley and guard Kona Schwenke following their performances as tryout players in the team’s three-day rookie mini-camp this weekend.
Warmsley had been a part of Seattle’s practice squad last season and was signed to a futures contract following the Super Bowl. He was then released last week with an invitation back for the mini-camp as a tryout player. Now he’s back on the team’s 90-man roster.
Schwenke took part in the mini-camp as an offensive guard after playing as a defensive tackle in college at Notre Dame and during brief stops with the Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jets, New England Patriots and Oakland Raiders.
Tom Cable, Seattle’s offensive line coach, is making a habit of looking to convert former defensive linemen to the offensive side of the ball. J.R. Sweezy was a defensive tackle at North Carolina State before being converted to right guard. Sixth-round draft pick Kristjan Sokoli was a defensive tackle at Buffalo and is being converted to center and now Schwenke is getting a look on offense as well.
“I think just movement, he’s got a real cool brain,” Cable said Sunday of Schwenke. “He picked it up pretty quick and was able to change his whole mindset. He’s never done this before, so a lot like Kristjan, and just kind of progressed through the days, and today I thought was pretty cool watching him.”