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Seahawks sign fifth-round pick, cornerback Tye Smith (Towson) to four-year, $2.446 million deal

The Seattle Seahawks have signed former Towson cornerback Tye Smith to a four-year, $2.446 million contract, according to his agent, Sean Stellato.

The deal includes a $166,252 signing bonus.


Smith was drafted in the fifth round, becoming the second player from Towson selected in the past two seasons. He was a Football Championship Subdivision All-American.

"Tye Smith defines the underdog," Stellato, a former wide receiver at Marist, told The Baltimore Sun. "He is a high-character young man with an exceptional work ethic and possesses a unique skill set. This is a testament to how his parents have raised him.


"We are excited to be joining such a first-class organization in the Seattle Seahawks. I know firsthand from being a former Division I-AA player how tough it is to get this opportunity and could not be happier for Tye."

The 6-foot, 184-pound North Carolina native ran the 40-yard dash in 4.47 and 4.51 seconds at his Pro Day workout.

Smith played in the East-West Shrine all-star game. The three-year starter finished his career with 312 career tackles, six interceptions, six forced fumbles and 25 passes defended.

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At the combine, Smith had the sixth-fastest 20-yard shuttle with a time of 3.96 seconds. He also had a 36.5-inch vertical leap, a 10-4 broad jump, bench-pressed 225 pounds 15 times and had a 6.97-second three-cone drill.

Smith did have the sixth-fastest 20-yard shuttle with a 3.96 time.

Smith worked out for the Ravens during their local- prospect day.

Smith had formal meetings at the combine with the New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles. He met with Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis.

At Wakefield High in Raleigh, N.C., Smith was an all-conference wide receiver and cornerback. He was an All-American in track and field. Towson was his only scholarship offer, though.