Seahawks try out ex-49ers linebackers Grant, Gooden

Seahawks try out ex-49ers linebackers Grant, Gooden
October 15, 2013, 7:45 am
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Larry Grant and Tavares Gooden were two of four linebackers to try out with the Seahawks on Monday. (AP)

The Seattle Seahawks held auditions Monday with four inside linebackers. Not surprisingly, two of those inside linebackers have close ties to the 49ers.

Larry Grant, who served a four-game suspension to open the season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, worked out for the Seahawks, along with Tavares Gooden. Grant and Gooden were on the 49ers’ roster the past two seasons.

In fact, Grant started three games for the 49ers in 2011. Late in the '11 season he started in place of Patrick Willis and provided a key play when he stripped Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson of the ball with about a minute remaining to help preserve the 49ers’ 19-17 victory.

The 49ers did not offer Grant or Gooden contracts this season. The 49ers currently have Michael Wilhoite and Nate Stupar as the backups behind starters Willis and NaVorro Bowman. Rookie inside linebacker Nick Moody is designated to return later in the season from injured reserve with a broken hand.

The Seahawks also worked out ex-Minnesota Vikings linebacker Tyrone McKenzie and Josh Hull, who played the past three seasons with the St. Louis Rams.

The Seahawks played Sunday without starting linebacker Bobby Wagner, who sustained a high-ankle sprain one week earlier.

Quarterback B.J. Daniels and safety Chris Maragos are the only former 49ers currently on the Seahawks' roster. Rookie wide receiver/tight end Chris Harper is the only ex-Seattle player with the 49ers.

 

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