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Clinton McDonald agrees with Buccaneers

Posted Mar 11, 2014

The Seahawks lost their first player on the opening day of the NFL free agent period when the Buccaneers announced that they had agreed to contract terms with defensive tackle Clinton McDonald.


NFL FREE AGENCY

Here is an updated list of the Seahawks free agents during the 2014 window (as of publish time):

Signed
Player Position Team
Bryant, Red DE Jaguars
McDonald, Clinton DT Buccaneers

Restricted Free Agents
Player Position
Baldwin, Doug WR

Unrestricted Free Agents
Player Position
Browner, Brandon DB
Davis, Kellen TE
Giacomini, Breno T
Hauschka, Steven K
Jackson, Tarvaris QB
Maragos, Chris DB
McDaniel, Tony DT
McQuistan, Paul G
Robinson, Michael RB
Schofield, O'Brien DE
Tate, Golden WR
Thurmond, Walter DB

Clinton McDonald is about to turn the best season of his NFL career into the biggest payday of his NFL career.

The versatile free-agent defensive lineman, who had 5.5 sacks for the Seahawks during their run to a Super Bowl championship, agreed to terms on a four-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday. The Bucs announced the move on their website, on the opening day of the NFL's free-agency period.

The loss of McDonald came a day after the Seahawks addressed their top priority in free agency by re-signing defensive lineman Michael Bennett to a four-year contract, and hours after tight end Anthony McCoy was re-signed to a one-year deal.

McDonald joined the Seahawks in 2011, when he was acquired in a trade with the Cincinnati Bengals. He had 35 tackles that season and added 25 more in 2012. But it was in 2013 that McDonald had his best season, in a season that began with McDonald being released on the early roster cut to 53 players. McDonald was re-signed less than two weeks later and in addition to his career-high total in sacks he also posted 35 tackles, 13 QB hits, an interception, two passes defensed and a fumble recovery.

McDonald, 27, is the second loss on the line of the NFL's No. 1-ranked defense during the 2013 season, as veteran end Red Bryant was released Feb. 28 and signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars over the weekend.

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