Seahawks show class, integrity before releasing Garrett Scott

The Seahawks released Garrett Scott, their sixth-round 2014 draft pick, on Friday, only hours after he signed his rookie contract with the Super Bowl champs.

His release came because he failed his physical. The cause? A rare heart ailment that will keep him from being involved in any on-field activities in the future.

Shortly after releasing Scott, GM John Schneider made this statement:

“After undergoing an extensive physical with our medical staff last week, Garrett’s examination revealed a rare heart condition that will prevent him from any on-field participation in the near future. We think highly of Garrett as a person and as a football player. The team is committed to supporting Garrett in the months to come and will continue to help him determine his next steps.”

According to KJR-AM, the Seahawks knew about the condition when they drafted Scott, but still allowed him to sign his rookie contract, which ensured Scott would receive his bonus of $101,672. reported that the ailment may not be career-ending and Scott’s brief time with the Seahawks may not be over yet.

If the 199th pick in the draft clears waivers, his rights will revert back to the Seahawks. At that point, the team will likely place him on the reserve/non-football injury list. Schneider said that Scott wouldn’t be on the field in the ‘near future,’ which means he might be able to continue his career at some point despite the heart ailment.

Scott was a reliable lineman in college at Marshall. He started in 35 of his 41 career games there.

He was expected to compete to be a part of Seattle’s offensive line this season. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen, which is a tough break for both sides.

Nevertheless, drafting Scott, aware of his heart condition, and allowing him to sign his contract was an incredibly classy move by the Seahawks. Hopefully, it doesn’t mark the end of Scott’s career, but if it does, he can always say he was drafted by, and signed with, a Super Bowl champ.

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