Seahawks release Charly Martin, claim long snapper
Seattle Times staff
The Seahawks announced Thursday they released wide receiver Charly Martin and claimed long snapper Kyle Nelson off waivers from the San Francisco 49ers.
Martin spent one year in Seattle, playing in four games. He caught four passes for 42 yards last season. Martin entered the league as an undrafted rookie free agent with Carolina in 2009 and also spent time on the Jacksonville Jaguars’ practice squad in 2011. In four seasons, Martin has played in 12 games with one start, with five receptions for 48 yards with a long of 15.
Nelson snapped in six games last season for the San Diego Chargers after signing as a free agent on Nov. 21. He was released by San Diego on May 20 and claimed off waivers by San Francisco the following day, then was released on July 10. He signed as an undrafted free agent by New Orleans during training camp of the 2011 season, and has also had stints with Kansas City and Philadelphia.
Martin’s release means Seattle has 13 receivers on its 90-man training-camp roster. Nelson will compete for the long-snapping job with Clint Gresham, who has held the spot the past three seasons.
Late goal helps Reign top Flash 3-2
Reign FC continued its run of favorable results thanks to Christine Nairn’s goal in the 82nd minute that gave Seattle a 3-2 win over the Western New York Flash at Starfire Stadium.
Jessica Fishlock and Megan Rapinoe also scored for Seattle to offset two goals from U.S. national-team star Abby Wambach.
The Reign is unbeaten in five games since Rapinoe joined the team following the completion of her European season with Olympique Lyonnais in France. Rapinoe has two goals during the stretch and, along with goalkeeper and fellow U.S. international Hope Solo, has helped Seattle to a 3-0-2 record since June 23.
Goalkeeper Andrew Weber, one of Seattle’s backups last season, was acquired on loan from third-tier USL-PRO team Phoenix FC to provide help after a rash of injuries at the position. Coach Sigi Schmid said he expects the loan will be for three or four weeks.
• General manager Adrian Hanauer said the team is “very, very close” to finalizing Fredy Montero’s transfer to Sporting Lisbon of Portugal. Per undisclosed league rules, Hanauer noted the Sounders are unlikely to get allocation money in what is reportedly a multimillion-dollar transaction. Allocation money can be used to spend in excess of the salary cap.
• Midfielder Osvaldo Alonso said he is “ready to go Saturday” at San Jose after missing the past four games with a quadriceps strain.
Eastern Washington assistant coach Craig Ehlo, a former NBA player, is stepping down after two seasons.
Ehlo spent 14 seasons in the NBA with Houston, Cleveland, Atlanta and Seattle.
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