Looking for veteran wide receiver help after releasing Mike Williams, the Seattle Seahawks added depth to their unproven wide receiver unit by signing veteran Antonio Bryant on Thursday.
Seattle also worked out free agent receiver Braylon Edwards at its Renton facility as the team prepares for training camp. Players report today and the first practice is scheduled for Saturday morning.
Bryant has not played since the 2009 season with Tampa Bay. He signed a four-year, $28 million with Cincinnati before the 2010 season, but was cut at the end of training camp and spent the past two seasons out of the NFL.
He had a tryout with the Seahawks during June’s minicamp. Coach Pete Carroll said he didn’t feel Bryant was in football shape then and wanted to see if the veteran could get himself ready in the month between the June tryout and training camp.
Edwards, 29, played for San Francisco last year and finished with 15 catches for 181 yards in eight games, including five starts. However, he had trouble staying healthy, and was let go by San Francisco in December after being slowed by shoulder and knee issues.
Two years ago with the N.Y. Jets, Edwards finished with 53 catches for 904 yards and seven touchdowns in 15 starts.
The No. 3 overall pick by Cleveland in the 2005 draft, Edwards spent his first five seasons in the league with the Browns, making the Pro Bowl in 2007. At 6-foot-3 and 214 pounds, Edwards could be the big receiver Seattle wants to play opposite Sidney Rice.
The Seahawks also worked out former University of Washington safety Victor Aiyewa, according to the player’s twitter page.
Lynch enters plea
Running back Marshawn Lynch pleaded not guilty to charges of driving under the influence of alcohol in Alameda County Superior Court on Wednesday, according to his attorney Ivan Golde.
Golde moved Lynch’s arraignment date up from August 14 to Wednesday. Lynch was not required to appear in court. Golde appeared in court for his client.
According to Golde, a status hearing for Lynch’s case has been scheduled for September 27.
“We’re going to completely prove his innocence, no doubt about it,” Golde said. “It’s going to take some time to get all of the facts unraveled and do all of the investigation.
“This will not interfere with football in any way. This is an after-the-season issue.”
Lynch, 26, was arrested by the California Highway Patrol early Saturday morning on July 14 when a police officer observed him driving north on Interstate 880 in Oakland, weaving in and out of lanes in a white Ford van, and nearly colliding with two cars.
After failing a preliminary sobriety test, Lynch was taken into custody and transported to the Alameda County Sheriff department’s north county jail in Oakland. Lynch submitted to a breathalyzer test, and the test came back positive that his blood alcohol content level was over the state’s legal limit of 0.08.
The Alameda County District Attorney’s office filed charges against Lynch for driving under the influence of alcohol on Wednesday, July 18.
According to Golde, Lynch’s blood-alcohol content was measured at 0.08, right on the number of the California legal limit, during a preliminary alcohol screening test. Golde said the police officer at the scene administered a breathalyzer test.
Golde said Lynch was retested at the jail about an hour later. He took another breathalyzer test there, and his blood-alcohol content was measured at 0.10. Golde said he will argue the fact that Lynch’s blood-alcohol content level rose after the arrest, showing that it was not above the legal limit while he was driving.
Associated Press contributed to this report.