The Seattle Seahawks are expected to sign former Navy quarterback and Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Keenan Reynolds to a free-agent contract to catch passes and possibly return kicks, a league source told The News Tribune on Wednesday.
The news was first reported by Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
The Seahawks lost wide receiver Paul Richardson to Washington in free agency in March.
In September they traded former No.-2 wide receiver Jermaine Kearse to the New York Jets for defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson.
And one-time Pro Bowl kick returner Tyler Lockett, another Seahawks wide receiver, is entering the final year of his rookie contract with Seattle.
The 24-year-old Reynolds was on Washington’s practice squad late last season, beginning in November.
He was on the Ravens’ practice squad as a rookie in 2016.In 2015, Reynolds set the NCAA top-division record for the most career rushing touchdowns with 85, breaking the old mark Adrian Peterson set at Oklahoma.
Reynolds finished fifth in voting for that year’s Heisman Trophy. That was the highest finish by a service-academy player since Navy quarterback Roger Staubach won the Heisman in 1963.
Reynolds was a running back when he was invited to East-West Shrine Game for college all-stars following his senior season at Navy.
He’s been a wide receiver and kick returner during his professional career with Baltimore and Washington.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Reynolds has yet to appear in an NFL game.
The Seahawks have had two former academy players suit up for them in their 42-year history.
Defensive end Bryce Fisher, an Air Force Academy graduate, played 33 games for Seattle from 2005-07 including in the franchise’s first Super Bowl, at the end of the ‘05 season.
Guard Mike Wahle played for Navy then the Green Bay Packers and Carolina Panthers before signing with the Seahawks in 2008 and playing 10 games that year.
Wahle didn’t graduate from the Naval Academy; he was kicked off Navy’s team for a failed steroids test before his senior season.