RENTON -- The Seahawks signed former San Francisco 49ers cornerback Tramaine Brock to a one-year contract for the league minimum of $900,000 on Wednesday.
Brock was released by the 49ers after he was arrested regarding an alleged domestic violence incident with an ex-girlfriend. The charges against Brock were dismissed last week.
“It was just a misunderstood situation, because I wasn’t even at the house at the time," Brock said. "But the process and everything is under the rug and I’m moving forward from that situation.”
Brock was charged with felony domestic violence and child endangerment as the girlfriend reportedly "had visible injuries." The case was dismissed with insufficient evidence as the girlfriend ultimately elected to take her Fifth Amendment privileges and declined to speak with authorities.
"On August 8, 2017, my client chose not to testify, availing herself of her Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination,” writes Alan M. Lagod in an open letter dated August 10. “She then was given immunity and continued to refuse to testify utilizing the protections afforded by California Code of Civil Procedure § 1219. She was subsequently found in contempt and fined $100.00.
"My client’s choice not to testify was voluntary and not dependent upon past or future actions by any part. She has indicated to me that this was a verbal altercation. She and Mr. Brock look forward to co-parenting their two young children."
Brock said in a statement after charges were dropped that the information in the police report "is untrue."
"I stayed in an unhealthy relationship for the sake of my children, which was not in my best interest." Brock said in the statement. "As the case I was involved in has been dismissed, I am eager to move forward and focus on sharing custody of my two children and ensuring a stable environment for them."
Brock's agent, Ron Slavin, said the Seahawks were one of 12 teams that reached out about Brock. However, Seattle reached out quickly after Brock was released and stayed in contact throughout the process, which gave them an edge when the charges were dismissed.
"He thought he was going to retire (with the 49ers), they were talking to us about an extension when this happened," Slavin said. "It's different but he wanted to come here because Seattle outworked everybody else on it, they got involved right when it happened. Because of my relationship with John (Schneider) I let him know this didn't happen and if you get in here you're going to get a good player because it's going to get dismissed."
Added Brock: "I mean, once they released me, I was released mentally from that team. So, even though my situation was over with, I just felt like it was time to move on."
Brock started 31 of a possible 32 games with the 49ers over the last two seasons. He tallied 112 tackles with four interceptions, a forced fumble and 25 passes defended over that span.
Brock could stay theoretically face discipline from the NFL for the incident but both he and his agent were confident nothing would come of it.
"I can't ever predict what they're going to do," Slavin said. "I know with the information that we have and the things in writing and the things that she's already admitted... I know he's going to cooperate, I'm going to be a part of it, I know she's going to cooperate, so I'm hoping there won't be."
Brock can play outside and in the slot and will compete to find a role in the team's depth behind Richard Sherman.
The offensive line might be close to settling into place.
What can seemingly be an endless carousel with the Seahawks on the offensive line may be slowly coming to a stop.
Offensive line coach Tom Cable said Wednesday that he's hopeful they will be able to pick a starting five well before the end of the preseason.
"I hope we don’t have to," Cable said. "I don’t think we do. Really, I think the biggest pressing issue right now is to solidify that right side. I think we’re pretty solid at center left guard, left tackle. So now we just want to make sure the opportunity is there for everybody to compete, get their opportunity on the right side and then we’ll make that decision. Hopefully sooner rather than later."
That left side seemingly consists of George Fant at left tackle, Luke Joeckel at left guard and center Justin Britt. Germain Ifedi also seems relatively entrenched at right tackle. The big area still in flux is the right guard spot with Oday Aboushi and Mark Glowinski competing for the starting job.
Aboushi started at right guard on Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers. Glowinski will start Friday against the Minnesota Vikings.
Cable also indicated that rookie Ethan Pocic will get work at right guard moving forward as well and will compete to start at guard and at tackle with Ifedi.
"He’s going to play more this week," Cable said of Pocic. "He’s doing fine. Again, if you remember when we drafted him, that’s what we talked about – he could do a lot."
Ifedi seemed to struggle a bit at times, particularly in pass protection against the Chargers on Sunday. However, head coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday that he thought Ifedi played well and Cable said he feels Ifedi would be in good shape if not for the missed practices after Ifedi was punched by Frank Clark.
"I’m a little disappointed in that week he missed," Cable said. "I think that would have really kind of been a big deal for him. So we’re trying to play catch up a little bit. But he seems to be doing fine."
Pocic has played at right tackle, center and now right guard.
Reed Odhaimbo played significant first half snaps at left guard against the Chargers. However, Cable cited inconsistency as the reason Joeckel as seemingly grabbed a clear hold of the starting spot.
"He’s definitely, I think, talented-wise enough to do it. But I think sometimes the mental errors, being on the right page of communication, needs to be cleaner," Cable said. "We’re counting on him and so we need to bring that along, if he’s ever going to be a part of that conversation to maybe to go over and start on the right side, he’s got to clean up his game. He has some moments where it looks great and some moments here we’re like ‘okay we have work to do.’"
Photo Credit: Newly signed Seahawks cornerback Tramaine Brock speaks with reporters after practice on Aug. 16, 2017. (photo by Curtis Crabtree / Sports Radio 950 KJR)