Report: Jonathan Sutherland Signs With Seattle Seahawks As Undrafted Free Agent
Jonathan Sutherland is getting his shot in the big leagues.
The Seattle Seahawks have reportedly signed the Penn former State linebacker and safety as an undrafted free agent after the conclusion of the 2023 NFL Draft.
Sutherland heads to Seattle after six years in Happy Valley, the first of which being a redshirt 2017 season. In 2018, he saw more playing time with 13 appearances and his first career start against Iowa. Sutherland had 38 tackles (24 solo), two tackles for loss, and one pass breakup.
The Ottawa, Ontario native saw increased playing time in 2019. He was selected as a team captain and appeared in all 13 games. Sutherland made 23 total tackles (11 solo), with half a tackle for loss. His two blocked kicks ranked second in FBS that season.
In 2020, Sutherland had 13 total tackles (six solo), two tackles for loss, and two pass breakups in the shortened season. He was awarded No. 0 on his jersey as the special teams leader, which began a new tradition at Penn State.
By this point, Sutherland had emerged as a leader and remained a captain despite only making two starts in 2021, but he did appear in 10 games. He had 24 tackles (13 solo), with two tackles for loss, his first career interception against Rutgers, and a pass breakup.
In 2022, Sutherland saw significant playing time as a linebacker, playing 12 games and making eight starts. He made 35 tackles (22 solo), 1.5 tackles for loss, a sack, a pass breakup, and a fumble recovery.
Perhaps the most notable aspect of Sutherland’s career was when he blocked two punts against Idaho in 2019, the first time a Nittany Lion has done so in one game since 2000. However, Sutherland will likely be primarily remembered as a leader for multiple seasons in the Penn State program since he was a captain for multiple seasons.
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