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Seahawks Sign Rookie, Veterans and Draft Pick to Roster
Renton, Wash. - The Seattle Seahawks have signed unrestricted free agents defensive tackle Alan Branch, guard Robert Gallery, quarterback Tarvaris Jackson and receiver Sidney Rice, the team announced this afternoon. Seattle also re-signed linebackers Leroy Hill and Matt McCoy, defensive tackle Brandon Mebane, fullback Michael Robinson and rookie free agent kicker Wes Byrum. Third-round pick John Moffitt also signed, rounding out Seattle's 2011 draft class.
Branch spent the last four seasons in Arizona after being selected in the second round (33rd overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played in 47 career games with 3 starts, all coming in 2010, with 74 career stops (55 solo) and 4.0 sacks.
Gallery was Oakland's first-round pick (2nd overall) in the 2004 NFL Draft and started 91 of 92 career games played for the Silver and Black. He began his career at right tackle, moving to left tackle in his third season before starting at left guard the last four seasons. Gallery started all 12 games played in 2010.
Jackson, a second-round pick (64th overall) in the 2006 NFL Draft, spent his first five seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. He played in 36 games with 20 starts, completing 354 of 603 passes for 3,984 yards with 24 touchdowns and 22 interceptions. He has also rushed 119 times for 535 yards with four touchdowns.
Rice joins Jackson from Minnesota where the Vikings selected him in the second-round (44th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft. He has started 26 of 48 career games, collecting 146 receptions for 2,129 yards with a long of 63 and 18 touchdowns. Rice was voted to the Pro Bowl after a career-year in 2009 with 83 receptions for 1,312 yards and eight touchdowns.
Below is a list of Seattle's signees:
DT Alan Branch
K Wes Byrum
G Robert Gallery
LB Leroy Hill
QB Tarvaris Jackson
LB Matt McCoy
DT Brandon Mebane
G John Moffitt
WR Sidney Rice
FB Michael Robinson Read