After allowing Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton to carve their defense up with 418 passing yards on Sunday, the Seahawks are bringing back one of their preseason stars to bolster the secondary.
As originally reported by Mike Garafolo of NFL Network and confirmed by the team, Seattle will re-sign veteran cornerback Jamar Taylor, who was initially released on August 31.
To make room on the 53-man roster, the Seahawks waived cornerback Parry Nickerson, who was acquired from the Jets for a conditional seventh-round pick less than two weeks ago. The team will likely be trying to re-sign him to the practice squad after losing cornerback Simeon Thomas to the Redskins active roster on Tuesday.
Taylor, 28, previously played for the Dolphins, Browns, Cardinals, and Broncos. His best seasons came in Cleveland, where he produced 119 tackles, three interceptions, and 23 passes defensed between 2015 and 2016.
The Seahawks originally signed Taylor in May as a veteran alternative to replace Justin Coleman at nickel cornerback and he looked to have the job all but locked up at the end of the preseason. In four exhibition games last month, he produced seven tackles and an interception.
But as a player on the roster bubble, Seattle decided to make a frugal move and released Taylor with hopes they could re-sign him after Week 1 when his salary became non-guaranteed.
The choice ended up working out for the Seahawks, who primarily used their base 4-3 defense against the Bengals. Rookie Ugo Amadi played only 21 snaps at nickel cornerback, good for just 27 percent of Seattle’s total defensive plays.
But as Seattle gears up for several high-powered passing attacks in coming weeks, including the Saints in Week 3, they’ll need to be prepared to play more nickel and dime defense with extra defensive backs on the field. According to coach Pete Carroll, Amadi also is nursing a shoulder injury, potentially making the situation a bit more dire.
Though Amadi has plenty of potential and could become a long-term fixture at nickel cornerback in the future, Taylor clearly won the four-player competition and bringing him back into the fold is a no-brainer. As preparation begins for Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers, look for him to have a big role in this week’s game plan.