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Seahawks’ latest signing another nod to versatility: LB Kyle Coleman

Former UW Huskies defensive lineman Taniela Tupou (45) is one of the multi-position players the Seahawks are trying at fullback during offseason workouts.
Former UW Huskies defensive lineman Taniela Tupou (45) is one of the multi-position players the Seahawks are trying at fullback during offseason workouts. dkoepfler@thenewstribune.com

The Seahawks’ searches for versatility -- and perhaps a new fullback -- continue, with a return from just last month.

Seattle on Thursday signed undrafted rookie Kyle Coleman from Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The Seahawks list the 6-foot, 231-pound Coleman as a linebacker. Early last month the team had him in its rookie minicamp for a tryout and listed him then as a fullback. In that minicamp, he wore the white No. 47 jersey of a defensive player and scrimmaged at linebacker (offensive players wear blue in Seahawks’ offseason workouts).

To make room on the 90-man offseason roster, Seattle waived undrafted rookie cornerback Jamal Marshall, who was on the roster for its first five practices of organized team activities into Wednesday.

The Seahawks have been trying former Washington Huskies defensive lineman Taniela Tupou and Florida Atlantic defensive lineman Brandin Bryant at fullback, which in Seattle’s offense is primarily a blocker in select situations but no longer in base sets now that tailback Marshawn Lynch is retired. Second-year man Brandon Cottom, a tight end from Purdue, was the first-team fullback in red-zone scrimmaging during Wednesday’s OTA practice the media was allowed to attend.

Seattle’s fullbacks last season, Derrick Coleman and Will Tukuafu, are unsigned after their contracts expired.

Coleman was a linebacker until his final year of college ball, when he moved over to offense.

It’s a reminder of what two-year starting offensive lineman Justin Britt said Wednesday of his move from guard to center this spring: “The more you can do.”

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