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Seahawks claim former Alabama DB, Saivion Smith off waivers from Cowboys

Saivion Smith (No. 4) returns an interception for a touchdown in 2018 for Alabama versus Arkansas State University
Photo of Alabama DB Saivion Smith from 2018 season comes via Cedric Mason of Touchdown Alabama Magazine

He has been on two NFL teams, but Saivion Smith has found a third home.

The former University of Alabama defensive back is now with the Seattle Seahawks.

According to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network, the Seahawks claimed Smith on Thursday off waivers from the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas released the native Floridian on Wednesday after he played the entire 2020 season.

Before going to the Cowboys, Smith spent time with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

He signed an undrafted free agent contract on April 27, 2019, but would be waived on August 30.

Smith was selected in the XFL Supplemental Draft by the Houston Roughnecks in 2020.

He totaled eight tackles and one pass breakup in his first two games. Smith was inactive in the final three games of the season. The league canceled the rest of its season in March, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In April, the XFL suspended its operations and filed for bankruptcy.

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Smith was a cornerback at Louisiana State University in 2016. After playing 10 games as a true freshman, he took the junior college route to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

He would then arrive at Alabama in 2018 after one season in JUCO.

Smith had 60 tackles, five pass breakups, one forced fumble, three interceptions (team-high), and one touchdown in his lone season with the Crimson Tide. He was on a Southeastern Conference title team and appeared in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game versus Clemson. Hopefully, Smith can be productive in Seattle with Pete Carroll.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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