Since Pete Carroll became the main decision-maker in Seattle, the Seahawks haven’t quite found their ideal tight end.
Last offseason, they signed tight end Zach Miller away from the Oakland Raiders, as he was one of the NFL’s more talented young TEs. His final numbers were down due to an assortment of injuries to his head and neck.
This offseason, Carroll tried the trade market to acquire a tight end, as he dealt a low-level draft pick to Tampa Bay for TE Kellen Winslow.
Chronic knee issues have limited Winslow's time on the field, but when healthy, Winslow is too fast and athletic for linebackers to man in the open field, and too physical for small DBs to cover in the end zone.
Miller has great hands but lacks the speed to gain separation. This competition will come down to which tight end can gain chemistry the fastest with the starting quarterback in training camp.
Miller has a distinct advantage having gained experience with quarterback Tarvaris Jackson last year, but neither is familiar with free-agent signing QB Matt Flynn.