Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider took a chance on a pro basketball player making the switch to tight end.
First reported on the NFL’s website, Seattle plans to sign Darren Fells, younger brother of New England tight end Daniel Fells, to a contract. The deal is expected to be made official today.
According to the report, Fells, 26, worked out for Seattle at the team’s facility Tuesday, and the Seahawks were impressed enough to offer Fells a three-year deal.
The 6-foot-7, 280-pound Fells spent last season playing professional basketball for Libertad Sunchales in Argentina. Fells also played in Mexico, France, Finland and Belgium.
Fells played college basketball at the University of California, Irvine. He did not play football in college, but Fells was an all-state tight end at Fullerton (Calif.) High School.
The Seahawks have had some success with unconventional roster moves during coach Pete Carroll and Schneider’s tenure, including signing reclamation projects in receiver Mike Williams and cornerback Brandon Browner.