Ed Dickson

Seattle Seahawks
Tight End #84
Seattle Seahawks
Tight End #84

Ed Dickson News

Ends playing career

Dickson announced Thursday that he has retired from professional football.

Analysis: The 35-year-old tight end will retire as a member of the Ravens, with whom he enjoyed the most productive years of his 10-year career and won his only Super Bowl title. Dickson, who last appeared in the NFL in 2018 and had been unsigned since getting released by the Seahawks in March 2020, retires with 190 receptions for 2,128 yards and 15 touchdowns over 134 career regular-season appearances with Baltimore, Carolina and Seattle.

Nov 17, 2022 11:30 AM EST

To be released by Seattle

The Seahawks will release Dickson, Liz Matthews of USA Today reports.

Analysis: The team is also reportedly letting safety Tedric Thompson go, with the pair of moves combining to save Seattle $5.3 million in salary cap space. A knee injury derailed Dickson's 2019 season, but if he can prove that he's moved past the issue, the 32-year-old could catch on with another team looking to add tight end depth.

Mar 31, 2020 11:46 AM EST

Could be cap casualty

Dickson (knee) could be cut after the Seahawks signed Greg Olsen on Tuesday, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Analysis: The Seahawks now have Olsen and Will Dissly (Achilles) signed for the 2020 season, and Jacob Hollister, who will be a restricted free agent in March, is in the team's plan for next season. Dickson spent 2019 on injured reserve and only played 10 games in 2018, when he posted 12 catches for 143 yards and three scores. The Seahawks would save $3 million against the salary cap by cutting Dickson.

Feb 19, 2020 10:29 AM EST

Returns to injured reserve

The Seahawks placed Dickson (knee) on injured reserve Friday, John Boyle of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Dickson's time in Seattle has been monopolized by stays on IR, as he's making his third visit in a Seahawks uniform in two seasons. In 2019, he landed on the list after undergoing knee surgery in early August but made enough progress in practice the past few weeks to be activated to the 53-man roster Wednesday. Unfortunately for Dickson, he seems to have suffered a setback and didn't practice Thursday, forcing him back to injured reserve. As a corresponding move, the team promoted Tyrone Swoopes from the practice squad to back up Jacob Hollister and Luke Willson (hamstring).

Nov 22, 2019 12:34 PM EST

Likely going back to IR

The Seahawks are expected to move Dickson (knee) back to injured reserve, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: After undergoing knee surgery in early August, Dickson embarked on a lengthy recovery that included spending most of the season on IR. Upon the Seahawks activating Dickson on Wednesday, coach Pete Carroll expected the veteran tight end to retain a role in the offense, but apparently he spoke to soon. Per Fowler, Seattle remains concerned about Dickson's health, but an official move has yet to occur. Assuming Dickson goes back to injured reserve, the TE room will be down to Jacob Hollister and Luke Willson (hamstring) on the 53-man roster.

Nov 21, 2019 4:54 PM EST

Doesn't practice Thursday

Dickson (knee) was held out of practice Thursday, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: Activated from IR on Wednesday, Dickson was expected to be a part of the game plan for Sunday's game at Philadelphia, per Liz Mathews of USA Today. "He's going to play a regular load if the week works out fine," coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday. "He should be ready to go." Clearly, something didn't "work out fine" with Dickson's knee, unless the Seahawks are exercising caution with the veteran tight end. Carroll won't speak to the media again until Friday, at which point he may add some clarity to the situation.

Nov 21, 2019 4:34 PM EST

Expected to factor into game plan

Dickson (knee), who was activated from injured reserve Wednesday, is expected to figure into the Seahawks' game plan this weekend versus the Eagles, Liz Mathews of USA Today reports. "He's going to play a regular load if the week works out fine," Carroll said. "He should be ready to go. Weight's in a good spot. He looks like he's in good shape. He won't play the whole game because we'll be moving guys in and out. We expect him to play a regular role."

Analysis: Carroll didn't offer many particulars regarding what exactly a "regular load" looks like for Dickson, but if the tight end's usage last season is any indication, he'll be in store for double-digit snaps and a couple targets in the passing game. The bigger question is how significantly Dickson will cut into the workload of Jacob Hollister, who has emerged as a key piece in the Seattle offense in recent weeks. Hollister, who is coming off a career-best performance in the Nov. 11 win over the 49ers (eight catches for 62 yards and a touchdown), still probably represents a safer fantasy option than Dickson for at least this week.

Nov 21, 2019 11:43 AM EST

Back to full health

The Seahawks activated Dickson (knee) from injured reserve Wednesday, John Boyle of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Dickson has completed his recovery from knee surgery undertaken in early August, which necessitated a stay on IR. It's unclear if he'll start immediately, but with Luke Willson's (hamstring) health in question, Dickson only has to contend with Jacob Hollister for TE reps at the moment. Dickson's first chance to suit up this season arrives Sunday at Philadelphia.

Nov 20, 2019 10:21 AM EST

Remains on track for Week 12

Coach Pete Carroll said Dickson (knee) should be activated from IR before Sunday's game against the Eagles, Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR Seattle reports.

Analysis: Dickson was ready to play before Seattle's bye, but the team opted to provide the veteran tight end additional rest. The opportunity for Dickson is even better now, though, as Luke Willson suffered a hamstring injury during Week 10's win over the 49ers and isn't expected to play Sunday. Thus, Dickson should fill into the No. 2 role behind Jacob Hollister -- who is the undisputed No. 1 tight end. Dickson shouldn't have any major limitations as he returns to action considering he's been practicing since Oct. 30. The 32-year-old carries touchdown-dependent fantasy upside after posting 12 receptions and three scores over 10 games with Seattle last season.

Nov 18, 2019 4:47 PM EST

Could return Week 9

Dickson (knee) will be eligible to return from injured reserve in two weeks, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Analysis: Dickson is recovering from knee surgery undergone in August. With Will Dissly (Achilles) having suffered a significant injury during Sunday's win over the Browns, Dickson could play a notable role in Seattle's offense when healthy.

Oct 14, 2019 9:37 AM EST

May not be ready to return

Coach Pete Carroll is "concerned" Dickson may not be healthy to begin practicing in three weeks, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

Analysis: Dickson is currently on injured reserve and is eligible to begin practicing after Week 6, but he may be progressing slower than expected, although Carroll mentioned there hasn't been any setbacks. The veteran tight end will have a reserve role behind Will Dissly if he can return, and the earliest game will be Week 9 versus the Buccaneers.

Sep 25, 2019 2:25 PM EST

Moves to injured reserve

Dickson (knee) was placed on injured reserve Monday, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: Coach Peter Carroll said before the third preseason contest that Dickson was still "a ways away" from being ready to return, so his placement on IR isn't a major surprise. The move came after Saturday's roster deadline, so the 32-year-old will be eligible to be activated after eight games.

Sep 2, 2019 2:20 PM EST

Not nearing return

Coach Pete Carroll said Friday that Dickson (knee) is "still a ways" from retaking the field, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Analysis: Dickson is in line to miss the entire preseason, and appears a lock to miss regular-season time as he works his way back from knee surgery. Will Dissly and Nick Vannett will operate as Seattle's top options at tight end, and it remains to be seen what sort of role Dickson will play when back in action.

Aug 23, 2019 11:46 AM EST

Undergoes surgery

Dickson underwent knee surgery Wednesday and is expected to miss 4-5 weeks, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

Analysis: Dickson has been perpetually injured since joining the Seahawks in free agency last season. He now stands to miss the entire preseason, with a recovery timeline that will almost certainly stretch into the regular season. Will Dissly (knee) and Nick Vannett stand to benefit from increased reps in Dickson's absence.

Aug 7, 2019 12:58 PM EST

Knee surgery imminent?

Coach Pete Carroll relayed Dickson may require knee surgery in the near future, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports. "It's one that's going to take us probably four or five weeks, maybe six weeks at the most [if surgery is needed]," Carroll said. "It's very minor, but we've got to figure out exactly how to get this done and the timing of it and all."

Analysis: Dickson has been unable to shake the injury bug since landing in Seattle last year as a free agent. He kicked off the 2018 season on the non-football injury list as a result of a quad issue, and upon his return he put up 12 catches (on 13 targets) for 143 yards and three touchdowns in 10 contests. On this occasion, another injury may impact his availability at the beginning of the campaign. If he undergoes surgery, Dickson will almost certainly miss regular-season games, yielding TE reps to Will Dissly (knee) and Nick Vannett, among others.

Aug 5, 2019 3:30 PM EST

Battling knee issue

Dickson will be held out of practice for the next few days due to a bothersome knee and is expected to undergo an MRI, Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR Seattle reports.

Analysis: It's unclear as to when Dickson's knee issue popped up, but the Seahawks will hold him out for at least the next few days as a precaution. He's also set to undergo further testing to uncover the extent of the injury.

Aug 4, 2019 5:33 PM EST

Fighting for job

Dickson is fighting for a roster spot ahead of the 2019 season, John Clayton of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.

Analysis: The Seahawks seemingly have four tight ends competing for three roster spots. While Will Dissly might be the only real lock to make the final roster given the promise he showed as a rookie, Nick Vannett commanded the highest share of snaps in 2018 and is valuable for what he can do as a blocking. That seemingly leaves Dickson to compete with Jacob Hollister for what is likely one roster spot. Given Hollister's speed and upside as a receiver, the youngster may have a leg up on Dickson. After all, the need for another blocking tight end is less pronounced on a Seahawks team that has a tackle in George Fant who's capable of filling in at that spot.

Jun 20, 2019 7:24 AM EST

Season-high four catches in loss

Dickson caught four of five targets for 42 yards in Saturday's playoff loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: After mustering five straight 16-game seasons, Dickson was forced to sit for the first six weeks this year with a quadriceps injury. He managed 12 receptions for 143 yards and three scores over the final 10 games, marking his highest touchdown total since the 2011 season. Dickson clearly wasn't Jimmy Graham's true replacement, but he still warranted five red-zone targets. He'll look to enter his 10th NFL season healthy in order to properly battle Nick Vannett and Will Dissly for the No. 1 tight-end role.

Jan 6, 2019 12:58 PM EST

No catches but gets a carry

Dickson didn't receive a target but rushed once for nine yards in Sunday's win over the Cardinals.

Analysis: Dickson logged a carry on the Seahawks' first offensive drive but only had run-blocking contributions after that. After missing the first six games of the regular season, Dickson has made little effect on the offense with just 12 catches in 10 games, although he hauled in three scores in that span. Dickson will work as the second tight end for Saturday's opening playoff game versus the Cowboys.

Dec 31, 2018 10:29 AM EST

One target in win

Dickson hauled in his only target for four yards in Monday's win over the Vikings.

Analysis: Dickson has totaled just 17 yards over the last three games now and needs touchdowns for any fantasy relevance. After receiving three red-zone targets in his first four weeks back from a quadriceps injury, Dickson hasn't recorded one since. Relying on Dickson in fantasy playoffs would be unwise.

Dec 10, 2018 9:17 PM EST

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