'Hawks Claim WR/QB Stanback Off Waivers

The Seattle Seahawks claimed former University of Washington quarterback Isaiah Stanback off waivers from the New England Patriots

The Seattle Seahawks have claimed wide receiver Isaiah Stanback off waivers from the New England Patriots, ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss reports.

Stanback is signed through the 2010 season with a base salary of $545,000, the league minimum for a player with three accrued seasons.

A former college quarterback at the University of Washington, Stanback was a fourth-round pick (103rd overall) by the Dallas Cowboys in 2007. The 6-2, 208-pound Stanback caught four passes for 39 yards and a touchdown, and averaged 22 yards per kick return, during his first pre-season with Dallas.

Stanback was active for two games as a rookie, returning three kicks for 78 yards, with a long of 35 yards.

After catching two passes for 14 yards during the 2008 pre-season, Stanback earned a spot on the 53-man roster due largely to his 29.8-yard kick return average and his ability to cover punts and kicks. In eight games that season, Stanback caught a pair of passes for 24 yards, averaged 21.8 yards on 10 kick returns before being placed on injured reserve late in the season.

Waived by the Cowboys last September, Stanback began the 2009 season on the Patriots' practice squad, even getting some practice reps at quarterback, before he was activated in Week 10. In six games with the Patriots, Stanback caught 3 passes for 22 yards and returned one kick for 22 yards.

Stanback joins a Seahawks' receiving corps that already goes 15 players deep. The Seahawks only have three quarterbacks on their off-season roster, though, and Stanback, who has continued to work at his college position with both Dallas and New England, could continue to play both positions with the Seahawks.

In addition to writing for NorthwestFootball.net, Brian McIntyre blogs daily at Mac's Football Blog. You can follow Brian on Twitter, and if you'd like to e-mail him, you can always do so by clicking here.

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