Seahawks reportedly bringing back TE Luke Willson for 2020 season

Mar 17, 2020, 1:57 AM

Seahawks TE Luke Willson...

Luke Willson will be remaining in the Seahawks' tight end room. (Getty)


Luke Willson will be back with the Seahawks in 2020.

Seahawks reportedly lose George Fant to Jets in free agency

At least that’s the impression he left with a tweet late Monday night featuring a GIF of legendary pro wrestler The Ultimate Warrior (which you can see here).

“*When you get the call from the 🐦’s to return #year8” reads Willson’s tweet, a pretty clear indication he’s re-signing with Seattle.

Pro Football Talk followed up with a report shortly after that Willson and the Seahawks are in agreement on a one-year contract ahead of the official start of NFL free agency on Wednesday.

Willson, 30, returned to the Seahawks early in the 2019 season after being cut by the Oakland Raiders at the end of the preseason. The veteran tight end was a fifth-round pick of Seattle in the 2013 NFL Draft and spent the first six seasons of his career with the Seahawks. He was a part of Seattle’s back-to-back Super Bowl teams in 2013 and 2014 but left for the Detroit Lions in free agency ahead of the 2018 season.

The Seahawks signed Willson after Week 3 of the 2019 season, giving him the spot vacated by Nick Vannett, who had been traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers earlier the same day. Willson went on to catch eight of 10 targets in eight games (seven starts) for 79 yards.

Willson will be joined in the tight end room by recent acquisition Greg Olsen, a 13-year veteran and three-time Pro Bowler who signed with the Seahawks last month after being cut by the Carolina Panthers, and third-year pro Will Dissly, who has been a star on offense when healthy but is coming back from a torn Achilles. Seattle also has Ed Dickson under contract, but he is a candidate to be cut due to his salary and injury history.

The return of Willson leaves Jacob Hollister as Seattle’s lone tight end entering free agency. Hollister is a restricted free agent, however, and Seattle reportedly put a second-round tender on him Monday. The second-round tender is worth a $3.25 million salary in 2020, but another team could sign Hollister to an offer sheet, which would then result in the Seahawks getting a second-round pick back in return.

Willson would be the second player re-signed by the Seahawks since the “legal tampering” period of free agency began Monday, joining defensive tackle Jarran Reed.

Follow’s Brent Stecker on Twitter.

Follow the Seahawks’ offseason with our free-agency tracker

Seattle Seahawks

Seahawks Kenneth Walker III...

The Associated Press

Seahawks’ Kenneth Walker III hopes to turn award snub into on-field success

Seattle Seahawks running back Kenneth Walker III fell just short of winning the NFL's offensive rookie of the year in 2022.

14 hours ago

Seattle Seahawks Geno Smith...

Brent Stecker’s Edholm: Seahawks one of league’s most complete teams's Eric Edholm ranks the Seattle Seahawks as the NFL's ninth most complete team. He explained why to Wyman and Bob.

3 days ago

Seattle Seahawks Evan Brown Olu Oluwatimi...

Brent Stecker

Big Ray: How many Seahawks rookies can start on OL?

The Seattle Seahawks picked two offensive linemen on the final day of the 2023 NFL Draft. Former NFL O-lineman Ray Roberts shares if they can start this season.

3 days ago

Seattle Seahawks Cameron Young...

Brent Stecker

Huard: The strength Seahawks rookie DT Cameron Young must play to

For Seattle Seahawks fourth-round defensive tackle Cameron Young, Brock Huard says he needs to keep it simple because of his biggest strength.

4 days ago

Seattle Seahawks Kenny McIntosh...

Brent Stecker

Seahawks’ 7th-round RB Kenny McIntosh could have big role

Seattle Sports' Brock Huard breaks down what Seattle Seahawks seventh-round pick Kenny McIntosh offers that their other running backs don't.

5 days ago

Seattle Seahawks draft Anthony Bradford...

Brandon Gustafson

Huard: How rookie Seahawks guard Anthony Bradford must improve

Former NFL QB Brock Huard shared where he thinks Seattle Seahawks rookie guard Anthony Bradford needs to improve upon joining the NFL.

6 days ago

Seahawks reportedly bringing back TE Luke Willson for 2020 season