Seattle Seahawks sign DE Josh Shirley, release Tavaris Barnes

The Seattle Seahawks brought back a former University of Washington product on Tuesday.

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According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Stephen Cohen, defensive end Josh Shirley has returned to the organization. Shirley originally went undrafted in 2015 out of UNLV, where he transferred for his senior year to be closer to home. He was originally picked up by the Oakland Raiders but spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as well, before signing a reserves/future contract with Seattle in January.

The Seahawks released Shirley in May. Head coach Pete Carroll confirmed Shirley's return when he spoke the media on Tuesday. 

"It's good to get Josh back," he said. "Josh has been a guy who's an outside guy. He can rush the passer and play SAM linebacker.

"We need some rush depth as we're going into the preseason here. So, we'll see how he does. He's always been on the edge of being with us. He's a guy we really like; so it's good to get him out."

The pickup would mean a corresponding roster move and it appears injured defensive end Tavaris Barnes (arm) might be that roster casualty, according to the Seattle Times' Bob Condotta. He was not been spotted at practice on Tuesday.

The Seahawks officially announced Tuesday afternoon that they have released Barnes. 

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