Khairi Fortt hoping to take advantage of chance with Seahawks

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A fourth-round draft pick of the New Orleans Saints in 2014, linebacker Khairi Fortt bounced between three different teams and played in just three regular season games before finding himself out of a job last season.

Fortt is now trying to take advantage of another opportunity to play NFL with the Seattle Seahawks.

According to John Nash of the Stamford Advocate, Fortt isn’t taking this chance for granted.

I’m forever grateful to get this opportunity,” Fortt said. “It’s going to be great to be out there with a great group of guys and a coach who cares about his players more than the sport itself. That’s really what I love about the team and the environment around it.”

Seattle signed Fortt in May after undrafted free agent linebacker Christian French suffered an injury in practice and landed on injured reserve. Fortt has been limited in practice as well throughout OTAs and mini-camp due to a sore Achilles.

Fortt was placed on the reserve/designated to return injured list by the Saints at the conclusion of training camp in 2014. However, the Saints dumped him due to missing multiple team meetings and he never suited up in a regular season game for the franchise. After a stint on the Cincinnati Bengals’ practice squad, Fortt was signed the Jacksonville Jaguars active roster and appeared in three games.

Fortt believes he can still live up to the potential the Saints saw in him when they selected him in the second round out of California in 2014.

“I envision myself becoming a Pro Bowler and I have to take the necessary steps to do that,” Fortt said. “One step is getting back on the football field, not feeling sorry for myself and just going out there and putting in the effort to reach those milestones.”

Fortt has an uphill climb to make Seattle’s roster but few teams are as open to long shots making their roster and contributing as the Seahawks.

8 responses to “Khairi Fortt hoping to take advantage of chance with Seahawks

  1. Good luck making the top defense in the NFL(easy there denver fans)…you’d think he’d pick an easier squad to make.

    Maybe he’ll learn some things and the team attitude will rub off on him and he will take it to another squad.

    If he makes the seahawks this year it means he’s an amazing player. You would have to be quite frankly. So more power to him if things work out. I’m certainly rooting for him. The Hawks are known for getting the most from guys who play with a chip on their shoulder.

    Go Hawks!

  2. If he plays the SAM position, he has an above average chance of making the team better. He could be replacing the underwhelming Bruce Irvin.

    Always Compete! Go ‘Hawks

  3. The Sea Hogs have lost so many good players to free agency that they are looking to replace them with players from the waiver list. They had a very good linebacker coach in Ken Norton Jr., but he is now the defensive coordinator in Oakland. It would be tough for the Hogs to make a silk purse out of sow’s ear.

  4. Pro Bowl? Almost as delusional as Trent Richardson with his HOF push. Meanwhile this guy is talking about how he’s thankful to play for a coach that cares about his players, yet he himself lost his last job with the Saints because he didn’t even bother to show up to team meetings.

  5. boobsanders says, “… yet he himself lost his last job with the Saints because he didn’t even bother to show up to team meetings.”

    Would you want to show up to the 2014 Saints defensive meetings? That defense was a stinker.

  6. Emmanuel Goldstein says:
    Jun 23, 2016 11:28 AM

    boobsanders says, “… yet he himself lost his last job with the Saints because he didn’t even bother to show up to team meetings.”

    Would you want to show up to the 2014 Saints defensive meetings? That defense was a stinker.

    ————————-

    Bro, I believe that’s the point: the dude couldn’t even cut it on a TERRIBLE Saints defense, and now he’s talking like this regarding one of the better defensive teams?

    Then again, Max Unger’s gone, Lynch is gone, Coach Quinn is gone, and several more key players that made this team successful. In fact, now they have to rely on other teams self destructing just to make the playoffs, much less advance. So who knows, maybe it’s not that much of an uphill battle to make this squad after all……..

  7. Emmanuel Goldstein says:
    “Would you want to show up to the 2014 Saints defensive meetings? That defense was a stinker.”

    Yeah, we call that “job”. You get paid to do stuff.

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