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 RB Chris Carson, QB Russell Wilson...
Brandon Gustafson

Huard: What Seahawks must do on offense, defense to beat Vikings

If the Seahawks are going to leave Minnesota with a win, Brock Huard thinks that there are key things the offense and defense must do.
1 day ago
Seahawks RB Chris Carson...
John Clayton

Clayton: What to watch for as Seahawks look to get back on track vs Vikings

As the Seahawks prepare for a Week 3 showdown with the Vikings, John Clayton breaks down the matchup and what Seattle must do to win.
2 days ago
Seahawks HC Pete Carroll...
Brandon Gustafson

Pete Carroll Preview: Seahawks injury update, matchup with Vikings

During the latest Pete Carroll Preview, the Seahawks HC breaks down what makes the Vikings tough, provides a quick injury update and more.
2 days ago
Seahawks TE Gerald Everett...
Brandon Gustafson

Heaps: The 3 adjustments Seahawks OC Shane Waldron needs to make

How can the Seahawks' offense get back on track after a rough second half in Week 2? Jake Heaps has three suggestions for OC Shane Waldron.
2 days ago
Seahawks Julio Jones Bobby Wagner...
Brent Stecker

Why Seahawks’ rough start on defense isn’t as bad as it seems

The Seahawks are near the bottom in yards allowed, but John Clayton explains why a slow start on defense isn't the problem it used to be in the NFL.
3 days ago
Seahawks Shaun Alexander...
Dave Grosby

Groz’s 2005 Seahawks Rewind: Offense solves itself vs NFC West rival

After Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren guaranteed his team would score in the second half at some point in 2005, the offense delivered in Week 3.
3 days ago
Seahawks reportedly bringing back TE Luke Willson for 2020 season