Posted on: July 29, 2011 10:30 pm
Posted by Will Brinson
Friday night was "official signing" night for the NFL, what with free agency beginning at 6 p.m. and all, so not every single Seattle Seahawk signing was necessarily newsworthy. Certainly though, the fact that Brandon Mebane was re-signed is pretty big.
"That’s a cool thing," GM John Schneider said. "Being able to re-sign one of our own guys who was a hot commodity in free agency was huge for us. He wanted to stay here. We wanted him to stay here."
The 26-year-old, who Pete Prisco listed as his eighth-best available free agent, re-signed with Seattle on a five-year, $25 million deal that features $5 million in guarantees.
"He has been a good starter for the Seahawks the past four seasons," Prisco wrote at the time. "He is a perfect 4-3 defensive tackle. Seattle would love to have him back."
So it's obvious that they're pretty thrilled at landing Mebane in the offseason, especially considering the division-rival Rams were also interested in chasing after Mebane and reportedly made him an offer earlier on Friday.
His ability to stuff the run is a huge plus, especially in a division that has second-year starter Sam Bradford and/or unknown "franchise" guy Kevin Kolb as its best quarterback. (Seriously -- think about how bad the quarterbacking is in the NFC West relative to other divisions. Although I guess that says something about the general competitiveness of the division.)
Mebane wasn't the only big signing the Seahawks dropped, though. They also announced that Tarvaris Jackson and Sidney Rice (hello, Vikings west!) had signed.
"Obviously we knew firsthand from [offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell] about all the research we did on [Jackson’s] leadership skills, his football intelligence, his swagger and all that," Schneider said. "We were very comfortable with him."
And, as we noted earlier in the week, inking Jackson didn't exactly stop the team from bringing in Rice.
"Once we were able to come to an agreement with T-Jack, it helped us with Sidney, obviously, in terms of recruiting," Schneider said.
It'll provide for an interesting mix -- if Jackson can produce at the level that people expected of him in Minnesota, Seattle's made stupendous progress in Pete Carroll's short time with the franchise.
And if not, there's always Andrew Luck.
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Posted on: October 30, 2010 10:25 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit
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