Seahawks sign blocking tight end Owens

March, 5, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

I know, I know. Seahawks fans are wondering what's up with free-agent safety Jermaine Phillips. NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas reports Phillips has re-signed with Tampa Bay.

We also have some news on the Seattle front.

The team has signed blocking tight end John Owens, an unrestricted free agent from the Lions. I was tempted to make the headline read, "Seahawks strike deal with Owens," but that would have been a shameless attempt at attracting traffic for fans wondering where that other Owens might land. "Seahawks sign J.O." might have worked as well.

In any event, here's the scouting report on John Owens. His addition could affect Will Heller's status with the Seahawks. Heller, an unrestricted free agent, has served as the second tight end for the Seahawks in recent seasons.

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