Seahawks Sign Former Pro Basketball Player Darren Fells, Whose Brother Plays Tight End for Patriots (Video)


Mar 5, 2013

Plenty of former basketball players have translated their talents over from the hardwood to the gridiron. From All-Pro tight ends’ like Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates to the most recent convert Jimmy Graham, a number of former basketball stars have made a successful switch. Now, Pete Carroll is hoping he’s found the next great two-sport star.

The Seahawks, desperately seeking to add receiving options for quarterback Russell Wilson, signed former pro basketball player turned tight end Darren Fells to a three-year deal, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. The former power forward will now transition from finger-roll layups to finger-tip catches.

Fells, who measures in at 6-foot-7 and almost 280 pounds, played four years of basketball at the University of California, Irvine, before taking his talents overseas to pursue a basketball career in Europe and then Argentina. He doesn’t have any recent football experience, but his older brother, Daniel, is a seven-year NFL veteran and plays tight end for the New England Patriots.

Darren originally planned to hold a pro day to show off his talents, but the Seahawks came away so impressed they inked him to a deal before he left the team’s facility.

Check out Fells’ highlight reel from his time balling out in Finland in the video below.

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Thumbnail via Facebook/Darren Fells

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