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As Browns immediately claim Kasen Williams, Seahawks begin setting practice squad

A league source tells The News Tribune backup center Joey Hunt is returning to the Seahawks for 2019 after the team tendered him a contract offer as an exclusive-rights free agent. Seattle is expected to bring back all its exclusive-rights free agents by Wednesday’s deadline.
A league source tells The News Tribune backup center Joey Hunt is returning to the Seahawks for 2019 after the team tendered him a contract offer as an exclusive-rights free agent. Seattle is expected to bring back all its exclusive-rights free agents by Wednesday’s deadline. jbessex@gateline.com

Turns out, you weren’t the only ones who really liked Kasen Williams.

Cleveland on Sunday claimed the former University of Washington wide receiver the Seahawks waived on Saturday to the dismay of Seattle’s star cornerback Richard Sherman and many fans.

Two weeks ago following another big exhibition game against Minnesota when he had a touchdown catch, I asked Williams if he thought he was getting noticed this preseason. He smiled and said, “a little bit.” We both meant by the Seahawks.

The Browns obviously noticed him, too.

The Browns have the number-one claiming spot in the NFL right now, because of finishing 1-15 last season. So, yes, Williams didn’t make it past one team on the waiver wire before someone claimed the preseason standout who had six outstanding catches in four exhibition games.

Cleveland seemed pretty happy with what the Seahawks’ unpopular decision gifted the Browns.

Seattle was 26th in the waiver-claiming order. It did not get any claimed players, so the Seahawks’ 53-man roster remains the same--for now.

Also Sunday, the Seahawks began setting their 10-man practice squad:

Jerry Marlatt, the agent for second-year center Joey Hunt confirmed Hunt has signed with the Seahawks’ practice squad. The Seahawks waived him on Saturday.

The agent for Garrison Smith said the defensive tackle had signed onto Seattle’s practice squad after the team released him Saturday.

Former University of Texas quarterback Tyrone Swoopes signed onto the Seahawks’ practice squad a day after his release. He is a unique tight end I profiled last month.

The NFL’s official transactions also showed the Seahawks signed rookie sixth-round pick Mike Tyson, undrafted rookie college track champion Cyril Grayson at wide receiver and running back Mike Davis to the practice squad.

Tom Pelissaro of NFL Network reported the Seahawks brought back rookie seventh-round draft choice David Moore to their practice squad.

The Colts claimed cornerback Pierre Desir off waivers and the Rams claimed defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson. The Seahawks waived Desir and Jefferson on Saturday.

Alex Collins signed with Baltimore’s practice squad the day after Seattle waived it 2016 draft choice because rookie Chris Carson beat him out for Seattle’s fourth running-back job.

The team returns to the field Monday to practice, the first on-field preparations for next Sunday’s opening game at Green Bay.

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