SEATTLE — Turns out the Seahawks weren’t quite done with their offseason shopping as they reached an agreement to sign defensive lineman Tony McDaniel from the Miami Dolphins.
While McDaniel isn’t exactly a big-ticket item like receiver Percy Harvin or defensive end Cliff Avril, he could turn out to be a significant addition. As a defensive tackle, McDaniel plays one of the few positions that doesn’t have a starter already entrenched. Also, at 6 feet 7, he’s got the kind of lanky build that’s proven successful for the Seahawks along the defensive line.
Although the team won’t announce the transaction until the contract is finalized, McDaniel reached an agreement with the Seahawks on a one-year deal.
Seattle appears to have solidified its defensive line for the upcoming season. McDaniel, 28, is the apparent replacement for Alan Branch, a starter for Seattle the past two years. McDaniel has played seven seasons in the NFL, the past four in Miami, and while he has started only five games in his career, look no further than Branch as proof that Seattle can find value in players who are overlooked elsewhere.
Branch is a month older than McDaniel, a former second-round pick out of Michigan who was considered an underachiever in his four seasons with Arizona. The Cardinals didn’t so much as blink when he left for Seattle’s two-year, $7 million offer.
Branch was more than serviceable in Seattle, a consistent starter, but the Seahawks’ move to acquire McDaniel shows the team considers him a better value than Branch, who remains unsigned and is in the process of changing agents. In a free-agent market that has been much less lucrative than normal, McDaniel might rank as another bargain for Seattle.
Seattle has Brandon Mebane entrenched at nose guard with Clinton McDonald, a restricted free agent, as his backup. McDaniel projects as a consideration at the other defensive tackle spot along with two draft picks last year: Jaye Howard, a fourth-round pick who was inactive for most of his rookie season, and Greg Scruggs.
— Long snapper Clint Gresham, a restricted free agent, signed his one-year tender offer and is under contract with Seattle for $1.3 million in 2013. McDonald and safety Chris Maragos are Seattle’s two restricted free agents who remain unsigned.