The Seahawks pulled off a trade Tuesday evening, sending tight end Nick Vannett to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a 2020 fifth-round draft pick and it appears that Seattle has already found his replacement.
“Look for the Seahawks to bring back a familiar name to replace him: Luke Willson, who is expected to sign tomorrow,” Adam Caplan tweeted shortly after the news.
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times was also able to confirm Willson’s possible return.
Willson, who was originally selected by the Seahawks in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL draft out of Rice, is currently a free agent. After spending the 2018 season with the Lions, Willson signed with the Raiders this spring but was released during Oakland’s 53-man roster cuts.
Upon signing with Seattle, Willson could immediately step into Vannett’s No. 2 spot behind Will Dissly, who is having himself an impressive start to the regular season.
The Seahawks have a few other options at tight end as well, including George Fant and Jacob Hollister, who is currently on Seattle’s practice squad. Ed Dickson, who started the year on the injured reserve, could also be activated when eligible to return.