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Seahawks sign sixth-round pick McCoy and Stanback Joins the Team

Seahawks sign sixth-round pick McCoy

USC tight end Anthony McCoy became the first Seahawks draft pick to sign this offseason, agreeing to a reported four-year deal on Tuesday. (Getty Images/Jonathan Daniel)

Tight end Anthony McCoy, the Seahawks’ sixth-round pick out of USC, became the first 2010 draft choice to sign with the team on Tuesday.

McCoy, the 185th pick overall, signed a multi-year deal, the club announced.

The Seahawks have no need to clear a roster spot for McCoy since running back LenDale White was released on Friday.

No terms of the deal were announced, but Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports it is a four-year, $1.895 million contract.

The Seahawks are fairly set at tight end with starter John Carlson and veteran free-agent signee Chris Baker, so McCoy figures to compete with second-year man Cameron Morrah as well as seventh-round draft pick Jameson Konz out of Kent State and recently signed free agent Michael Allan out of Whitworth for the No. 3 job.

McCoy, 6-5 and 250 pounds, caught 22 passes for 457 yards and one touchdown while playing for Seahawks coach Pete Carroll last year at USC. He was regarded as a potential third-round draft choice, but saw his stock slip when he failed a test for marijuana at the NFL Combine.

The Seahawks have eight more unsigned draft picks, including first-rounders Russell Okung and Earl Thomas.

Ex-Husky Stanback: It’s ‘just crazy’ to join Seahawks

Former University of Washington quarterback Isaiah Stanback is coming home, though he’ll be catching passes now as the newest member of the Seattle Seahawks roster.

Stanback, released by the New England Patriots last week, was claimed off waivers Tuesday by the Seahawks.

Isaiah Stanback

The former Garfield High standout confirmed the news to seattlepi.com on Tuesday afternoon, saying he’s thrilled at the chance to return to Seattle.

“It’s just crazy,” Stanback said from Foxboro, Mass. “From Seattle to Dallas to out here and now all the way back to the West Coast, it feels good. My family is there and I still have a lot of support from community out there.”

Stanback said he’s known Pete Carroll from the recruiting process coming out of Garfield.

“USC probably recruited me the hardest of any school,” he said. “I made the decision to go to UW obviously, but we faced each other for five years. I respect him as a coach and he obviously knows I’m a competitor from coaching against me.

“All I keep hearing from the guys I know out there is that the atmosphere is really good and it’s a rejuvenated team. I’m looking forward to getting there.”

Stanback, 25, has been playing wide receiver the past three seasons in the NFL, first with the Dallas Cowboys and then last year with the Patriots. He was a fourth-round draft pick of Dallas in 2007.

Stanback started two games last year in New England when the Pats had a run of injuries and caught three passes for 22 yards. He had two receptions for 24 yards for Dallas in 2008 and also spent some time as a kickoff return man for the Cowboys, averaging 23.8 yards on 13 opportunities.

At 6-foot-2, 208 pounds, Stanback is an intriguing athlete who was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 2006 and ran track as a sprinter at Washington, so it’s not surprising the Seahawks would want to take a look as they continue searching every avenue to improve their talent level.

The club currently has 15 wide receivers on its roster, including Reggie Williams, a former teammate of Stanback’s at Washington.

The Seahawks only have three quarterbacks, however, and Carroll acknowledged last week that they’d like to have a fourth in camp, though that would depend on roster needs at other spots.

So it’ll be interesting to see if Stanback gets a look at QB in his return to Seattle, though he’s being listed as a receiver by the team.

Stanback said the Seahawks haven’t spoken to him yet about his possible role, but he’s open to anything.

“As long as it helps us win games, I’m all for it,” he said.

He was originally signed by the Patriots as a quarterback last year after being cut by Dallas, but said he moved to receiver shortly after as there wasn’t time to learn the system since he’d missed all of camp.

He said he knows a number of Seahawks — including former UW players Lawyer Milloy, Louis Rankin and Ray Lewis along with former Cowboys teammate Julius Jones — so he’s followed the team closely.

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