Seahawks sign long snapper Drew Ferris

Mar 24, 2016, 12:57 PM | Updated: 4:19 pm

The Seahawks have signed long snapper Drew Ferris, adding some competition for the job that opened last week when Seattle released Clint Gresham.

Ferris posted a picture to Twitter on Wednesday of him signing his contract.

Follow the latest Seahawks news with our free-agency tracker

He took part in the Jets’ rookie minicamp last year after going undrafted out of the University of Florida, where he was the Gators’ long snapper for three seasons. That’s Ferris in the video embedded above (yes, a long-snapper highlight video).

The other long snapper on Seattle’s roster is Andrew East, who signed a futures contract after the end of the 2015 regular season. East’s deal is for one year and $450,000, which is the minimum salary. He was in training camp with the Chiefs as a rookie last summer before he was released.

East, Ferris and any other long snapper Seattle signs will compete to replace Gresham, who had been with the Seahawks since 2010 but was released last week in a cost-cutting move.

Gresham, 29, was one year into a three-year, $2.7 million deal that would have counted $860,000 against the salary cap in 2016. His released cleared up $660,000 in cap space, taking into account $200,000 in dead money via his remaining signing-bonus proration.

Ferris is the fourth player Seattle has added in free agency this year, the others being offensive linemen J’Marcus Webb and Bradley Sowell as well as defensive tackle Sealver Siliga.

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks Laken Tomlinson Jets 2023...

Cameron Van Til

From Jamaica to Seattle: The Seahawks’ new ironman left guard

New Seattle Seahawks OL Laken Tomlinson grew up in Jamaica, has medical school aspirations and brings an amazing track record of durability.

3 hours ago

Seattle Seahawks Mike Macdonald rookie minicamp 2024 Getty 900...

Cameron Van Til

Seahawks’ Tyler Lockett: How Carroll and Macdonald differ

Seattle Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett shared how Pete Carroll and Mike Macdonald differ in their coaching styles. Brock Huard gives his reaction.

5 hours ago

Seattle Seahawks Ryan Grubb Geno Smith OTAs 2024...

Cameron Van Til

NFL Network’s Baldinger: Why Seahawks’ new offense can have ‘great success’

NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger explains why the Seattle Seahawks can excel in new offensive coordinator Ryan Grubb's scheme.

8 hours ago

Seattle Seahawks Mike Macdonald 2024 rookie minicamp...

Cameron Van Til

Why Bump likes Seahawks’ decision to conduct joint practices

The Seattle Seahawks are conducting joint practices this August for the first time since 1991. Michael Bumpus explains why he likes the move.

1 day ago

Seattle Seahawks OL Christian Haynes...

Zac Hereth

The biggest position battle on the Seahawks’ O-line

Former Seattle Seahawks OL Ray Roberts explains why he sees right guard as the biggest position battle on Seattle's offensive line.

2 days ago

Seattle Seahawks HC Mike Macdonald...

Zac Hereth

Bump: The great decision Seahawks’ Mike Macdonald made

Former Seattle Seahawks WR Michael Bumpus explains why Mike Macdonald's decision to cancel the final day of minicamp was a good one.

3 days ago

Seahawks sign long snapper Drew Ferris