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Buffaloes in the NFL: Tedric Thompson cut by Seattle Seahawks

The former Buffs safety will be looking for a new home.

Seattle Seahawks v Cleveland Browns Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images

In unfortunate news, the Seattle Seahawks parted ways with a beloved Colorado Buffaloes alumni today. Tedric Thompson has been waived by the team that drafted him in 2017.

Thompson is a free safety who made a name for himself at CU with bone-crushing tackles and high-flying interceptions. He was the backbone of an incredible Colorado secondary that featured five future NFL players, four of whom would become NFL starters.

A fourth round pick, Thompson spent his first season as a depth piece, then moved in to the starting lineup to replace Earl Thomas, the future Hall of Famer. Thompson started ten games in 2017 and entered the 2018 season as the incumbent starter. He was no Thomas, but he was solid on the backline.

Things took a downturn for Thompson this past season. He started the first six games of the season, and though he did have two interceptions including this beauty, his high-risk play style included a number of mistakes that cost Seattle. He tore his labrum in that final game and missed the rest of the season. Seattle, meanwhile, traded for Quandre Diggs and their pass coverage improved considerably.

Hopefully the 2019 season was a difficult year and nothing more for the Buffaloes icon. He’s now healthy and can sign wherever his services will be best utilized, either as a starter or high-end depth piece.