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Former 'Hard Knocks' Star Signs With New NFL Team

A general view of the Seattle Seahawks stadium Lumen Field formerly known as CenturyLink Field.

SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 19: A general view in the first quarter between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers during the 2014 NFC Championship at CenturyLink Field on January 19, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

On Tuesday night, the Seattle Seahawks traded tight end Nick Vannett to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a 2020 fifth-round pick.

The trade left a void at the tight end position for the Seahawks, who have Ed Dickson on Injured Reserve. Head coach Pete Carroll suggested Dickson is a long-shot to return this season, opening the door for a familiar face to return to Seattle.

After trading Vannett to Pittsburgh, the Seahawks signed former Oakland Raiders tight end Luke Willson.

"After a year away, Luke Willson is back where he spent the first five seasons of his NFL career," Seattle said in a statement.

"The Seahawks signed Willson on Wednesday, bringing back not just a productive tight end, but a fan favorite who won Seattle over with his fun-loving personality."

Willson appeared in 72 games over five seasons with the Seahawks, catching 89 passes for 1,129 yards and 11 touchdowns.

After his first five seasons with the Seahawks, Willson signed with the Detroit Lions where he played for one year. Following his brief stint with the Lions, Willson signed with the Raiders, where he shined on camera during HBO's "Hard Knocks."

Unfortunately for Willson, his stay in Oakland was short-lived.

Now he heads back to where it all started.