The Seahawks decided to mix things up by starting the day with a re-signing instead of a free agent defection. Backup QB Tarvaris Jackson will be returning for 2014 on a one year, $1.25M contract with another $750k available through incentives (odds are he'll only earn that if he sees significant playing time under center). It's a great deal for both sides — Jackson gets to stay where he feels wanted, and Seattle gets a reserve passer who knows their system inside and out for a cap hit that's only $395k above the veteran minimum.
In other Seattle-related news, Chris Clemons officially signed a four year deal with Jaguars for an undisclosed amount, Walter Thurmond is receiving interest from the Buccaneers and Redskins in addition to the Jaguars, and Brandon Browner is visiting both the Patriots and Redskins today.
To recap, here's what we know about the Seahawks' 2014 slate of free agents to date:
|Restricted Free Agents|
|WR Doug Baldwin||Tendered at a 2nd round level by the Seahawks|
|CB Brandon Browner||No tender offer, visiting the Patriots and Redskins|
|C/G Lemeul Jeanpierre||Re-signed with Seattle for 1 year, $950k|
|S Jeron Johnson||Re-signed with Seattle for 1 year, $2.187M|
|DT Clinton McDonald||Signed with Tampa Bay for 4 years, $12M|
|LB Michael Morgan||Nothing reported to date|
|Unrestricted Free Agents|
|DE Michael Bennett||Re-signed with Seattle for 4 years, $32M|
|TE Kellen Davis||Nothing reported to date|
|OT Breno Giacomini||Signed with Jets for undisclosed 1 year deal|
|K Steven Hauschka||Nothing reported to date|
|QB Tarvaris Jackson||Re-signed with Seattle for 1 year, $1.25M|
|S Chris Maragos||Signed with Eagles for 3 years, $4M|
|TE Anthony McCoy||Re-signed with Seattle for undisclosed 1 year deal|
|DT Tony McDaniel||Re-signed with Seattle for 2 years, $5.75M|
|G Paul McQuistan||Nothing reported to date|
|FB Michael Robinson||Nothing reported to date|
|DE O'Brien Schofield||2 year, $8M deal with Giants voided due to knee concerns|
|WR Golden Tate||Signed with Lions for 5 years, $32M|
|CB Walter Thurmond||Being pursued by Jaguars, Redskins, and Buccaneers|
As before, I'll update throughout the day as news reports roll in.
UPDATE (12:20): Jermichael Finley left Seattle without a contract after his visit there, but that doesn't mean he won't be signed. From the sound of things, the team may just be waiting to hear the full results of his physical to make sure his neck is sound before going forward with a deal.
Other than that, the only new development is that the Dolphins are also apparently making a push to land Walter Thurmond. Good cornerbacks are tough to find, even ones with a long history of major injuries.
UPDATE (6:45): According to NFL.com's Ian Rapaport, the Seahawks are interested in re-signing Sidney Rice, presumably as a potential replacement for Golden Tate. It's not a bad move, presuming they can get him for a decent price (and, y'know, he can stay healthy for once).
UPDATE (9:15): It would appear that Brandon Browner will be signing with the Patriots in the near future. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the only thing holding up the deal is trying to figure out how to work his four game suspension into the language of the contract.