The Seahawks signed CFL defensive end Ricky Foley yesterday, which initially seemed like a typical no-big-deal-80-man-roster-move, but the more I learn about Foley, the more I think he might actually compete for playing time and a 53-man spot. Here's a little background on the new Hawk:
- Ricky Foley attended York University in Canada where he played college ball; he went undrafted in the NFL, but was briefly a member of the Baltimore Ravens. In 2004, he led the Canadian Intercollegiate Sports league with 9 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, and 2 defensive TDs.
- He was drafted 4th overall in the Canadian Football League in 2006 by the BC Lions. He ran a 4.53 40-yard dash; for some basis of comparison, Aaron Curry ran a 4.56.
- From 2006-2008 he was a situational pass rusher for the BC Lions; when Cam Wake left the team to head to the Dolphins last year, Foley stepped up as a starting DE. He led the CFL in sacks last year with 12.
- He is 6'2", 245 lbs which is small for an NFL defensive end; he could play OLB in a pinch (did in College). Depending on his frame, he could probably get up to 265-275 (think Darryl Tapp). He looks bigger than his official numbers, but I'm also an idiot about judging those things.
- The Patriots, Eagles, Jets and Rams all bid for Foley, but he chose the Seahawks. Not sure if that's proximity related, but we'll take it.
- Check this video: The 3:10 mark is right before an absolutely beastly bull rush. He just dominates a dude! Nice. The whole 10 minute video is good.