Garrett Scott went from the top of the world -- being picked up to play in the NFL by the reigning Super Bowl champs -- to a crushing loss -- being cut from the team -- in just a few weeks.
But it turns out the team was looking out for him.
Scott was selected in the sixth round of the NFL draft by the Seattle Seahawks, and on Friday the team announced he was being cut.
"After undergoing an extensive physical with our medical staff last week, Garrett's examination revealed a rare heart condition that will prevent him from any on-field participation in the near future," Seahawks general manager John Schneider said in a statement. "We think highly of Garrett as a person and as a football player. The team is committed to supporting Garrett in the months to come and will continue to help him determine his next steps."
RENTON, WA - MAY 17: Tackle Garrett Scott #75 of the Seattle Seahawks looks on during Rookie Minicamp at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center on May 17, 2014 in Renton, Washington. Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images
The surprise: the team apparently knew about Scott's heart condition before signing him, and they signed him anyway.
According to the Seattle Times' Bob Condotta, the team was aware of the heart condition and could have backed out before signing Scott, but they went ahead with the signing, prepared to take a loss on the player.
Since Garrett Scott signed rookie deal Thursday before being waived he will get signing bonus and should get first-year salary. ...— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) May 23, 2014
... plan is that he will revert to injured reserve, allowing him to keep first-year salary. Roughly about $550,000 total or so.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) May 23, 2014
So to clarify, they signed him to contract knowing he had NOT passed his physical so he could still get some money.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) May 23, 2014
That's right: the Seahawks are apparently taking a half-million dollar loss on the offensive tackle as a show of support.
Scott tweeted his appreciation on Saturday.
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