Monday, April 7, 2008

Seahawks Sign Safety

by: Michael Steffes

John Clayton and ESPN are reporting that the Seahawks have agreed to terms on a one year deal with safety Omare Lowe. Lowe is a former Husky who has bounced around the league quite a bit. He is getting the veteran minimum and while be lucky to make the team. He was originally drafted by Miami in the 5th round in 2002. Lowe has been a member at some time of the Tennessee Titans, New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins, New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons. He also once previously went to camp with the Hawks.

Thank you to all the readers who alerted me, I was in a dentist chair, not much I could do till now. Thanks for the heads up.

As far as the signing goes, it seems pretty innocuous. The team is adding more veteran experience to a veteran group. What the Hawks need is a young and exciting safety to groom for upcoming years. Maybe that is the other Husky safety, CJ Wallace, or maybe they take one in the draft.

For a scouting report...

Lowe is 29, and has 6 yrs experience
2008 Scouting Report - Scouts Inc.
Grade: 59 | Key
Alert: None

Comment: Lowe has a long transaction history and he has been with eight different teams in his short career. He is a backup free safety who started out his career as a corner. He provides adequate depth at both positions. He has good size, above average speed and he has good upper body strength. He has adequate overall ball skills, he has good leaping ability and he will challenge most jump ball situations. He takes good angles to the ball, he has good range and he is physical and aggressive on run support. He possesses a good work ethic, he plays with a mean streak and he is a reliable tackler. However, Lowe is a better zone player than he is a man to man player. He lacks ideal explosiveness and speed and he does not have the good foot speed for a corner in this league. He does not have good turn and run ability. He is not fluid in his hips, he loses speed in transition and he lacks a second gear to recover. As a safety, he lacks the weight to be a consistent player when line up in the box. He can not anchor the point of attack, he struggles to get off blocks and will get overpower at times. Overall, Lowe is a solid back up who is versatile enough to play and provides adequate depth at the corner and safety positions. He would be only a short term fix as a starter and a reliable special team's player