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Hawks sign S Ellison

It appears safety Kevin Ellison passed a physical after all.

The Seattle Seahawks announced this afternoon that they have signed the USC product

The former San Diego Charger was claimed off waivers by Seattle a week ago and then waived two days later.

Once Ellison cleared waivers, the Seahawks signed him to adjust contractual issues, according to the team's release.

“Coach Carroll and I are excited to add Kevin’s intensity to the competition at the safety position,” said General Manager John Schneider. “He has a feel for our system, and although he is a late addition, we believe he can step in and challenge for a roster spot.”

Ellison was a sixth-round selection for San Diego last season, starting nine games for the Chargers and finishing with 50 tackles and a sack as a rookie.

The Chargers released Ellison, who was arrested in May after being stopped for speeding when officers found 100 Vicodin pills. Ellison's agent told the San Diego Union-Tribune he had so many because he wanted to have enough pain killers to last the season after a recent knee surgery.

Ellison will now compete for a roster spot in a position group that includes rookie draft picks Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor, along with veterans Lawyer Milloy, Jordan Babineaux, Jamar Adams and rookie James Brindley.