Seahawks add four players to 90-man roster, including former O'Dea star Donny Lisowski
The Seahawks signed four players from a group of more than 30 who participated in tryouts at the team's rookie minicamp last week.
Seattle Times staff reporter
RENTON — Rookie defensive back Donny Lisowski made his first impression a convincing one, while veteran offensive tackle Alex Barron simply made the most of another NFL opportunity.
They were two of the four players the Seahawks added to their roster from a pool of more than 30 that participated in last week's rookie minicamp on a tryout basis. Seattle also agreed to terms with tight end Cooper Helfet and tackle Andrew Mitchell. They were added to the 90-man roster, which will be reduced to 53 before the regular season starts.
Seattle released cornerback London Durham, linebacker Adrian Moten, tackle John Opperud and guard Brent Osborne. Of those four players, only Moten appeared in a game for the Seahawks. He played in two games after being claimed off waivers from the Colts last year.
Lisowski graduated from O'Dea High School in 2008. He played quarterback and defensive back, wrestled and ran track. Lisowski's speed impressed coach Pete Carroll, who singled him out Sunday after the last of the three practices at the minicamp.
"He was all over the place out here," Carroll said.
Carroll said he knew little regarding Lisowski before the minicamp other than he had been timed very fast at a workout.
"He went out here and made a bunch of plays," Carroll said. "So I was really fired up about him. I think he'll surprise you. I'm anxious to see what he can do on special teams and all kinds of stuff."
While Lisowski, who played at Montana, is trying to gain a foothold in the NFL, Barron is trying to play his way back into the league. Barron was chosen No. 19 overall by the St. Louis Rams in the 2005 draft. He played five seasons with St. Louis before signing with Dallas in 2010. He started one game for the Cowboys and signed with New Orleans last August, but was subsequently placed on injured reserve. He did not appear in a game in 2011.
He is recovering from a knee injury, but appeared to be in good shape.
The Seahawks' offseason workouts continue this week with 45-minute workouts, which don't include helmets or drills with offense versus defense. The next phase of organized team activities begins next week, and the team will hold a three-day minicamp for all players in the second week of June.
• Fourth-round picks DT Jaye Howard and RB Robert Turbin signed multiyear contracts over the weekend, meaning Seattle's entire rookie draft class is under contract.
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