Akron native Tyrell Sutton is returning to the National Football League.
Sutton, 25, signed a reserve/future contract to play running back for the Seattle Seahawks. He said the deal is for two years and gets him back in football after sitting out this past season.
“I am so excited to be back in the game,” Sutton said by telephone from Charlotte. “I know what it is like to be unemployed and I never want to be in that situation again.”
Sutton, a 2005 Archbishop Hoban High School graduate and a 2009 Northwestern University graduate, played two seasons for the Carolina Panthers.
Sutton played 16 games for the Panthers between 2009 and 2010 with one start. He rushed for 139 yards on 25 carries, had 18 receptions for 132 yards, gained 332 yard on 16 kickoff returns and contributed nine tackles on special teams.
The Panthers released Sutton following the 2011 training camp.
“I was doing whatever I could to stay in shape, such as running and lifting,” Sutton said.
Sutton, 5-foot-7 and 215 pounds, said he had a tryout with the Seahawks in December.