Carroll Welcomes Ellison to Seattle
Already on shaky ground, and with a legal battle in his future, Kevin Ellison became one of four Chargers released on Monday. Two days later, he’s rescued from the unemployment line by his college coach.
Since Pete Carroll accepted the position as Seahawks head coach, the Northwest franchise has become a landing place for Trojans needing a second chance. He may have been criticized by Taylor Mays for passing him over in the draft for another first-round safety, but USC’s undrafted were immediately offered free agent contracts by the man that led them for four years or more.
Kevin Ellison simply becomes the next in line for a shot at redemption. After working his way into the starting rotation as a rookie, Ellison’s arrest punched his ticket out of San Diego. He joins a list of players which include Mike Williams and LenDale White that were allowed a fresh start in a new place by their former coach, though White’s stay was brief.
Ellison was a three year starter at USC, playing in the shadow of Taylor Mays.
McKnight Locked ‘N Loaded
Joe McKnight and the New York Jets have agreed on a 4-year deal reportedly valued at $2.36 million. The running back reported to minicamp struggling and out of shape, but becomes one of two Jets rookies signed to date. With a contract secured, McKnight may find it more difficult to secure playing time behind Shonn Greene and Ladainian Tomlinson.
Dallas released Conner Hughes on Tuesday, pushing David Buehler closer to his goal of becoming the Cowboys placekicker this fall.
Survival of the Fittest
There’s concern in Miami over Patrick Turner’s work ethic. Sitting out camp with an injury, Turner is no lock to make the final roster. Transitioning from high school to the college level was also slow for the receiver, never fully developing until his senior year at USC. The Dolphins may not be willing to wait four years.