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Former First-Round Pick Released In Surprise Move

An interior view of the seattle seahawks stadium.

SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 24: General view of Qwest Field from the endzone during the NFL game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New York Giants on September 24, 2006 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks won 42-30. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

A former first round pick has been released. The Seattle Seahawks announced earlier this week that the team won't be retaining the contract of defensive lineman Marcus Smith.

According to Pete Carroll, the Seahawks moved on from Smith for "personal reasons." Smith was set to play a significant role in the Seattle d-line rotation this season.

The former first round pick out of Louisville contributed 2.5 sacks for Seattle in limited action during the 2017 campaign.

Seattle announced the addition of former Tennessee Titans outside linebacker/pass rusher Erik Walden as well.

The Philadelphia Eagles selected Smith in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft after his career at Louisville. In his senior season, Smith racked up 42 tackles, including 18.5 for loss, and 14.5 sacks, earning him third-team All-American status.

He spent three seasons in Philadelphia before landing with the the Seahawks.