May 19, 2024

The Seattle Seahawks made moves on Monday by officially signing four of their picks from the 2024 NFL Draft, along with two players who participated in the team’s rookie mini-camp on a trial basis earlier this month.

Among those who inked their rookie contracts were tight end AJ Barner (fourth round), cornerbacks Nehemiah Pritchett (fifth round) and D.J. James (sixth round), and guard Sataoa Laumea (sixth round). These signings come just ahead of the start of “organized team activities” (OTAs) scheduled for next week.

In addition to the drafted players, defensive end Nathan Pickering and former Washington State University linebacker Devin Richardson secured contracts with the team following their tryouts during the rookie mini-camp in early May.

Seahawks sign four draft picks, two tryout players

The signings of Pickering and Richardson complete the Seahawks’ 91-man roster, with an exemption granted for tackle Max Pircher, who is part of the NFL International Player Pathway program.

Richardson, who transferred from the University of Texas, showcased his skills during his lone season at WSU, tallying 62 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, one sack, and a forced fumble in 12 games.

Pickering, who played for Mississippi State University, boasts an impressive collegiate resume, appearing in 51 games with 30 starts for the Bulldogs, amassing 124 tackles, 30.0 tackles for loss, and 13.0 sacks.

With the recent signings, the Seahawks have locked in contracts with five out of their eight draft picks. First-round defensive tackle Byron Murphy had already signed his deal during the rookie mini-camp. The remaining unsigned selections include guard Christian Haynes (third round), linebacker Tyrice Knight (fourth round), and tackle Mike Jerrell (sixth round).

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