Besides the ex-San Diego Chargers on the Denver Broncos roster (Quentin Jammer, Louis Vasquez, Shaun Phillips and to an extent Wes Welker), there is one ex-Charger in a Seattle Seahawks uniform. Bryan Walters WR/KR is on the Seahawks 53-man roster, but is unlikely to play on Sunday.
Walters was an undrafted rookie free agent in 2010 out of Cornell University, known more for its academics than sports. The Chargers offered him to come out to San Diego, but a hamstring injury forced the Chargers to cut him. Walters re-signed with the Chargers in 2011 and his preseason play helped him avoid finding a new job in late August.
His 103-yard kickoff return excited the team, which recently let go of Darren Sproles and his playmaking ability on special teams. Then, he had an impressive preseason campaign ending with 10 receptions, 122 yards and one touchdown. Walters was heralded with possibly being the next Wes Welker, a guy who can receive kicks, and lineup in the slot. It’s easy to say now Walters made the most of his opportunity.
In 2011, he made the cut, but only appeared in four games that season. Walters’ stats don’t reveal much as he only caught three catches for 27 yards and returned eight punts for 45 yards. Those still are his only NFL stats in the regular season. He was then relegated to the Chargers’ practice squad. He wasn’t the explosive guy that they were hoping for.
Walters is a Pacific Northwest native calling Kirkland, WA home where he grew up rooting for the Seahawks. To be on the roster of his hometown team, which might send Walters a Super Bowl ring, has to be worth all of the time spent on the practice squad in San Diego.