Football: Foley signs with NFL's Seattle Seahawks

Field Gulls has some more detailed information on how former Lion twice over (York and B.C.) Ricky Foley might fare in his bid to make the Seattle Seahawks:
"Let's talk about expectations. What does Foley bring other than a lot of extraneous u's? He was a CFL rookie at 24 and served as a situational pass rusher his first three seasons with the BC Lions. That is not promising. Foley will be a 28 year old NFL rookie. He is 6'2", 245 according to Wikipedia. So he's 3-4 outside linebacker sized and outside linebacker would seemingly be his best fit in the NFL. Seattle already has this player and his name is Nick Reed and he is glorious. Foley is a bit quicker than Reed and might be able to contribute more on special teams, and barring something legendary in the preseason, special teams is likely how Foley will earn a roster spot. And by legendary, I mean legendary. It would be typical for Foley to play well in the preseason, polished pass rushers typically do, but it wouldn't tell us much about how he will stand up against NFL competition."
The Seahawks also signd Alberta grad Patrick McDonald to compete for their long-snapper role, but cut punter Jon Ryan (Regina), so it's been a busy week of CIS-related news with that franchise.

Perhaps more for grins, here is Foley's scouting video from his 2004-05 seasons at York. Remember when Waterloo ran the option and Queen's had those blue home jerseys?

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  1. The criticism of Foley by Field Gulls is interesting, but it misses one key point. Writing "He was a CFL rookie at 24 and served as a situational pass rusher his first three seasons with the BC Lions. That is not promising" is all well and good, but it's important to note that he was stuck behind all-world talent Cameron Wake (who was one of the NFL's top pass rushers when he got to play this year, and recently paved the way for the eviction of Joey Porter) and Brent Johnson, a regular CFL all-star, former CFL sack leader and most outstanding defensive player. It's a little hard to force your way onto the field when you play the same position as those guys.

    Foley wasn't as dominant as Wake this year, but he was still one of the league's top defensive players and was named the most outstanding Canadian. I think there's a very good chance he could make an impact in Seattle as more than just a special-teams guy.

  2. I can't find any confirmation that Jon Ryan was cut from the Seahawks. What's the source on this?

  3. Field Gulls had a mention of it.

  4. They signed a backup punter, but Ryan is still there.

  5. Ryan was signed to a 6 year extension.