Sean McGrath
McGrath with the Chargers in 2016
Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-12-03) December 3, 1987 (age 32)
Place of birth: Mundelein, Illinois
Career information
College: Henderson State
Undrafted in 2012
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Seattle Seahawks ( 2012)
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Receptions     32
Receiving yards     373
Receiving average     11.7
Receiving touchdowns     2
Stats at

Sean McGrath (born December 3, 1987) is an American football tight end who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Eastern Illinois University and Henderson State, and signed with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2012. McGrath has also been a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, Indianapolis Colts, San Diego / Los Angeles Chargers, and Detroit Lions.

College careerEdit

McGrath began his college football career at Eastern Illinois University, where he red-shirted in 2006, and played sparingly in 2007, accumulating no statistics as a tight end and special teams player. However, in 2008 he started at tight end and caught 28 passes for 301 yards and three touchdowns. After being dismissed from the team for a violation of teams rules, he transferred to Henderson State where he played tight end. In 2011, his first season with the Reddies, he caught 55 passes for 656 yards and four touchdowns. However, he went undrafted following the 2012 season in which an injury limited him to just four catches for 49 yards in four games.

Professional careerEdit

Seattle SeahawksEdit

In April 2012, he signed with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent.[1] On August 31, 2012, he was released.[2] On September 1, 2012, he was signed to the practice squad.[3] On September 27, he was released from the practice squad.[4] On October 2, 2012, he was re-signed to the practice squad.[5] On December 18, 2012, he was promoted to the active roster after the team released tight end Evan Moore.[6][7][8]

Kansas City ChiefsEdit

The Chiefs claimed McGrath off waivers on September 1, 2013.[9] With nagging injuries to Anthony Fasano and Travis Kelce, McGrath was pushed into a starting role. He responded well, catching six passes for sixty-two yards in his first three games. Then went on to face the New York Giants in Week 4 at home leaving with five catches for sixty-four yards and a touchdown on September 29, 2013.[10]

McGrath failed to report to training camp for the 2014 season, and was then subsequently place on the reserve/did not report list. On July 26, 2014, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid announced that McGrath planned to retire.[11]

Indianapolis ColtsEdit

McGrath came out of retirement and signed with the Indianapolis Colts in June 2015. On September 5, 2015, he was waived by the Colts.[12] After signing to the practice squad in October 2015, he was released on October 26.[13]

San Diego / Los Angeles ChargersEdit

On November 10, 2015, McGrath was signed by the Chargers.[14] On November 21, 2015, he was waived.[15] On November 24, 2015, he was signed to the practice squad.[16] On December 28, 2015, McGrath was promoted to the 53-man roster.[17]

Detroit LionsEdit

On June 14, 2018, McGrath signed with the Detroit Lions.[18] He was released on September 1, 2018.[19]


  1. "Seahawks agree with 10 free agents". Retrieved April 28, 2012.
  2. "Seahawks activate Carpenter, declare cuts". Retrieved August 31, 2012.
  3. "Practice squad stocked with familiar faces". Retrieved September 1, 2012.
  4. "Seahawks vs. Rams injury report: Jaye Howard, Greg Scruggs limited". Retrieved September 27, 2012.
  5. "NFL transactions for October 2, 2012". Archived from the original on February 16, 2013.
  6. "Seahawks release TE Evan Moore, add Sean McGrath". Retrieved December 18, 2012.
  7. "Seahawks release tight end Evan Moore". Retrieved December 18, 2012.
  8. "Moore released; McGrath added to roster". Retrieved December 18, 2012.
  9. "Chiefs Claim Seven Off Waivers". Retrieved September 29, 2013.
  10. "Sean McGrath Stats". Retrieved September 29, 2013.
  11. "Andy Reid: Chiefs TE Sean McGrath will retire".
  12. "Indianapolis Colts Make Roster Moves". September 5, 2015. Retrieved September 6, 2015.
  13. "Indianapolis Colts make roster moves". October 26, 2015. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  14. "Chargers' Sean McGrath: Signs with Chargers -". Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  15. "Chargers' Sean McGrath: Waived by Chargers -". Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  16. "At least Chargers’ loss was special". Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  17. "Eric Weddle 1 of 4 Chargers placed on IR". Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  18. "Lions sign TE Sean McGrath and waive TE Wes Saxton". June 14, 2018.
  19. "Lions establish 53-man roster". September 1, 2018.

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