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Hawks sign ex-pro hoops player as TE prospect

First reported on the league’s web site, I can confirm that the Seattle Seahawks plan to sign Darren Fells, the younger brother of New England tight end Daniel Fells, to a contract.

The deal is expected to become official on Wednesday.

According to the report, Fells, 26, worked out for Seattle at the team’s facility today, and Seahawks’ brass were impressed enough by the workout to ink Fells to a three-year deal.

At 6-foot-7 and 280 pounds, Fells spent last season playing professional basketball for Libertad Sunchales in Argentina. According to the report, he also played professional hoops in Mexico, France, Finland and Belgium.

Fells played college basketball at the University of California, Irvine. Fells did not play football in college, but he was an all-state tight end at Fullerton High School in Fullerton, Calif.

The Seahawks have had some success with out-of-box thinking during Pete Carroll’s tenure, including signing receiver Mike Williams and cornerback Brandon Browner.

And Seattle also has had its share of failures, including the trade for running back LenDale White, signing Terrell Owens and drafting freakish athlete Jameson Konz in the seventh round.

Add Fells to that list. And watch Fells play basketball in the video below.