Seahawks Sign NCAA Men’s Basketball Champion Mark Vital to Practice Squad

The tight end is coming off a NBA summer league stint with Portland, averaging 1.3 points and four rebounds in the span of three games.

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Mark Vital is trading in his basketball for the pigskin as he signs with the Seahawks to join their practice squad. 

The 24-year-old helped lead Baylor men’s basketball to a national title earlier this year, beating top-ranked Gonzaga by 16 points. Vital, who is 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, has not played football since middle school, but will compete at tight end. 

“I’ve worked out for a couple of teams and they liked the way I looked,” Vital recently told KPLC in Louisiana. “They said I had great hands and I was fast and big. I can do a lot of things that can help teams. It’s a learning experience because it’s something different.” 

Vital was a third-team All-Big 12 selection in 2020 and a three-time Big 12 All-Defensive Team selection. Additionally, he is a two-time semifinalist for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year award.

He’s coming off a stint in the NBA summer league with Portland, where he averaged 1.3 points and four rebounds in the span of three games. 

The signing comes several weeks after second-year Seahawks tight end Colby Parkinson broke his foot in practice. Gerald Everrett and Will Dissly are the other two tight ends on Seattle’s active roster.

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