Saturday, July 27, 2013
What O'Brien Schofield could offer Seattle
By Mike Sando
RENTON, Wash. -- Former Arizona Cardinals receiver Stephen Williams has stood out for making acrobatic catches during the first few days of Seattle Seahawks training camp. He will soon see a familiar face in Seahawks camp.
Seattle claimed former Cardinals outside linebacker O'Brien Schofield off waivers Saturday, according to a tweet from agent Blake Baratz.
Schofield started nine games and had four sacks last season before suffering a season-ending ankle injury during a collision with teammate Darnell Dockett while the two were chasing Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The Cardinals released Schofield after signing veteran pass-rusher John Abraham.
The Seahawks could use outside rush help while Chris Clemons recovers from knee surgery and Bruce Irvin serves a four-game suspension to open the season. There are no guarantees Schofield will fill such a role for Seattle. He would have to earn a spot on the 53-man roster to make that happen. But in Schofield, the Seahawks get a 26-year-old player with starting experience. Schofield is 6-foot-3 and 242 pounds, dimensions similar to those for players who have filled the "Leo" defensive end role for the Seahawks.
The Cardinals made Schofield a fourth-round pick in 2010, months after Schofield suffered a torn ACL during Senior Bowl practices. Schofield played 10 games as a rookie and all 16 during his second season, collecting 6.5 sacks in a situational role. He started each of the nine games he played last season before suffering a broken ankle against the Packers. The Cardinals have a new defensive staff without strong ties to Schofield.
Schofield's cousin Bobby Engram was a Seahawks mainstay at receiver during the Mike Holmgren era.