James Brindley is back with the Seattle Seahawks.
And this time, he wants to stick around with the team a little longer.
Brindley, who played safety at Utah State University, officially signed a three-year contract with the Seahawks on Tuesday.
"It was a long few months there waiting to hear from a team," Brindley said. "I kind of lost a little motivation there as the months went on and then just all of a sudden one day, I get a call from the Seahawks around Christmas and they were telling me that they're going to sign me to this contract. It's just a big relief off my shoulders and it helps give me that motivation to train for. I'm back up here in Logan just training and getting back in shape, getting ready to go back out there in March."
This is Brindley's second stint with the Seahawks. After spending just a few months with the team, Seattle released the Grass Valley, Calif., native in August of 2010.
"When they released me in August, I talked to (Seahawks head coach) Pete Carroll," Brindley said. "Pete said the reason why they released me was the fact it was simply a numbers game and he would like to bring me back and see what I could do on special teams when he got the opportunity to. In the NFL, they can only have 53 guys on the roster during the season, so they had to wait until the season was over to where they could bump the roster back up to 80 and bring me on."
During his first go-round with Seattle, Brindley joined the team in May. This time, he'll be joining the club in March, which will give him an advantage, especially when it comes to playing on special teams.
"From March to May is when the team does a lot of special teams stuff - whole practices are on special teams," Brindley explained. "... They only really spend five or 10 minutes on special teams at practice, so you really don't get to show what you can do on special teams. This will give me an opportunity where I can prove myself and get a lot more reps."
Playing in the NFL is something Brindley has been dreaming about for quite a while.
"Playing in my first tackle football game, I wanted to pursue it," he said. "As the years went on, I was always the smaller one, but it kind of became more realistic in college, that I could actually achieve it and go for it. ... My goal this time is to make the team and be there all year long."
During his senior season with the Aggies in 2009, Brindley finished second on USU in tackles (78), to go along with a team-best three interceptions. However, he missed two games that year due to a hamstring injury.
Brindley is in Logan training and will remain here until he leaves to join the Seahawks.
Brennan McFadden, another former Aggie and close friend of Brindley, will also be continuing his football career at the next level.
McFadden, who is also from Grass Valley, has signed a contract with the Arena Football League's San Jose SaberCats.
"I'm excited for the chance to play football again," McFadden said. "I took some time off to pursue my teaching credential and this opportunity came about, and I couldn't pass it up. I'm excited that I'm going to keep playing football while I'm young and I still can."
In 2009, McFadden started all 12 games at center for the Aggies. He helped anchor a USU offense that set a single-season school record with 5,272 yards of total offense.
McFadden was a four-year letterwinner for the Aggies. Besides playing center, he was also a blocking tight end and guard.
McFadden had a free-agent tryout with the Cleveland Browns in April of 2010.