Seattle Seahawks Release Tight End Darren Fells

By Connor Hutyler
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The Seattle Seahawks have already ended the brief experiment they started when they signed professional basketball player Darren Fells to a three-year deal a couple of months ago.  Fells’ departure is somewhat unexpected, but it most likely came as a result of the Seahawks selecting Rice tight end Luke Willson in the 2013 NFL Draft.

We won’t know for sure why Fells was let go, but it’s possible that, as mentioned earlier, the coaching staff may have liked what Luke Willson brings to the table a bit more than what Fells does.  It’s also entirely possible that Fells just wasn’t developing at the rate the Seahawks had hoped for and they realized this transformation wouldn’t be worth the hassle.

With no football experience since high school, Fells was a bit of a project, but he seemed to be a great fit for the Seahawks given their unorthodox methods of finding talented players.  Fells spent the past few years playing professional basketball in Argentina and has also played professionally in Belgium and Finland.  His size and strength, and the fact that other former basketball players like Tony Gonzalez and Jimmy Graham have become elite NFL tight ends, made this signing seem like a pretty good one at the time.

It will certainly be interesting to see how things play out from here at the tight end position.  As it stands now, the two tight ends heading into the season will be starter Zach Miller and backup Anthony McCoy, but Luke Willson’s combination of size and speed make him a great option as a third tight end.

Follow Connor Hutyler on Twitter @ConnorHutyler.

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