The Seattle Seahawks have signed seemingly their 47th tight end of the offseason, and this one is a former basketball player.
On Friday, the team announced both the previously reported waiving of WR Darvin Kidsy as well as the signing of Michael Jacobson, who hasn’t played any organized football since high school.
Jacobson started his college basketball life at Nebraska before transferring to Iowa State, where he was a starter and played in every game. He helped lead the Cyclones to the NCAA Tournament in 2018-19, averaging 11 points and 6 rebounds per game. His numbers dipped to 8 pts/6 rebs for his senior year before going professional. Last season he played in the Ukrainian Basketball SuperLeague.
As for his athletic profile, Jacobson is listed at 6’9” and 240 lbs on the Iowa State website, but the Seahawks.com column has him at 6’7” and 244 lbs. Whatever. He’s quite tall and big and he gets to be a camp body with preseason now just one week away. The Seahawks are pretty set at TE with Gerald Everett, Will Dissly, and Colby Parkinson as the presumptive 1-3 on the depth chart, but perhaps we’ll get to see Jacobson and the other camp hopefuls get some preseason snaps in over the coming weeks.
It is through writing this article that I discovered that former Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham used to play college basketball. You’d think they would’ve brought this factoid up on an NFL broadcast at some point.