Free agency is here, so here at Seahawks.com we'll be tracking all of Seattle's comings and goings in free agency. We'll update this article as Seahawks moves happen, so you can make this your one-stop shop for Seahawks signings, re-signings and free-agency departures.
Free Agent Additions
- CB Ahkello Witherspoon
- TE Gerald Everett
- DE Kerry Hyder Jr.
- DT Al Woods
Free Agents Retained
- DT Poona Ford (RFA)
- FB Nick Bellore
- C Ethan Pocic
- DE Benson Mayowa
- G Jordan Simmons
- T Cedric Ogbuehi
- RB Chris Carson
- DE Carlos Dunlap II
- G Gabe Jackson (Las Vegas)
- CB Shaquill Griffin (Jacksonville)
- RB Carlos Hyde (Jacksonville)
- WR Phillip Dorsett (Jacksonville)
- WR David Moore (Carolina)
- TE Jacob Hollister (Buffalo)
- DE Jonathan Bullard (Atlanta)
- CB Quinton Dunbar (Lions)
CB Quinton Dunbar Signs With Lions
Cornerback Quinton Dunbar, a starter for the Seahawks when healthy last season, signed with Detroit Lions on Tuesday, the team announced. The Seahawks acquired Dunbar last year in a trade with the Washington Football Team, and he opened the season as Seattle's starting right cornerback, but a knee injury limited him to just six games before he was placed on injured reserve. In his six games with the Seahawks, Dunbar had one interception, five passes defensed and 30 tackles.
Seahawks Sign DT Al Woods
The Seahawks are bringing back veteran defensive tackle Al Wood to add to their defensive line rotation. This will be the third stint in Seattle for Woods in his career, which began in 2010 when he was drafted in the fourth round by New Orleans. After being released by the Saints and spending his rookie season with Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay, Woods was claimed off of waivers by Seattle in 2011 and appeared in two games for the Seahawks. Woods then played in Pittsburgh, Tennessee and Indianapolis before returning to Seattle as a free agent in 2019.
Woods played in 14 games for the Seahawks in 2019, starting five early in the season while Jarran Reed was suspended. Woods finished that year with 32 tackles, one sack and three tackles for loss, then signed with Jacksonville as a free agent before eventually deciding to opt out of last season due to COVID-19. Woods gives the Seahawks a veteran to compete for the starting role vacated by the release of Reed last month, and whether or not he's starting, Woods offers good run-stopping depth on the interior line to rotate with the likes of Poona Ford and Bryan Mone.
DE Jonathan Bullard Signs With Falcons
Defensive end Jonathan Bullard, who played in six games with the Seahawks last season, signed with the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday.
Bullard, who the Seahawks signed off of Arizona's practice squad last October, came into the league as a third-round pick of the Bears in 2016. After joining the Seahawks midway through the season, Bullard recorded eight tackles and two quarterback hits.
Seahawks re-sign DE Carlos Dunlap II
The Seahawks made yet another move to bolster their pass rush, re-signing defensive end Carlos Dunlap four weeks after they released him. When the Seahawks traded for Dunlap last year, the veteran pass-rusher agreed to restructure his deal to help facilitate the trade with the understanding that, should he and the Seahawks not agree on a contract extension this offseason, he would be released and allowed to test free agency. But after spending some time as a free agent, Dunlap decided to return to Seattle where he'll continue to chase two of his biggest goals: playing in a Super Bowl and reaching 100 career sacks.
"I feel like I've got a lot of ball left, and I would like to finish up with an organization like this," Dunlap said at the end of the season. "My two goals are still Super Bowl and 100 sacks, and I have not accomplished either one of them, and I haven't won a playoff game. I think we have the pedigree here to do that next season, and I would love to be a part of it."
A two-time Pro-Bowler, Dunlap spent the first 10-plus seasons of his career in Cincinnati before the Seahawks acquired him in a trade that sent a seventh-round pick and offensive lineman B.J. Finney to the Bengals. Dunlap's arrival in Seattle helped spark a second-half turnaround for the Seahawks defense, and for the pass rush in particular, with the Seahawks recording 12 sacks in their first seven games prior to Dunlap's arrival, and 34 over the final nine games of the season.
Dunlap's half a season with the Seahawks produced not just five sacks, but two in the final minutes of games that effectively ended opponents' final drives in a pair of close victories, and he also recorded six tackles for loss and 14 quarterback hits.
Dunlap is the third veteran pass-rusher signed by Seattle this offseason, joining Benson Mayowa, who had 6.0 sacks for Seattle last season, and Kerry Hyder Jr., who led the 49ers in sacks last season with 8.5.
Seahawks Re-Sign RB Chris Carson
The Seahawks were able to re-sign a player who has been a big part of their offensive success in recent years, bringing back running back Chris Carson a multi-year deal.
Carson, a seventh-round pick in 2017, is one of seven players in team history to post consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons, having rushed for 1,151 yards and nine touchdowns in 2018 and 1,230 and nine touchdowns in 2019. Carson missed four games last season due to injury, and that, combined with the Seahawks shifting to a more pass-heavy offense, limited him to 681 rushing yards, but he did average a career-best 4.8 yards-per-carry, and also had a career-high 287 receiving yards and scored nine total touchdowns.
Seahawks Re-Sign DE Benson Mayowa
The Seahawks continued adding to their pass rush on Friday, re-signing veteran defensive end Benson Mayowa after adding Kerry Hyder Jr. earlier in the week.
Mayowa, who began his career with Seattle as an undrafted rookie in 2013, returned to the Seahawks last year and produced 6.0 sacks, the third-highest total on the team, seven tackles for loss, nine quarterback hits, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in 13 games. Four of those six sacks came in the final six games of the season after a three-game absence due to injury.
Seahawks Bolster Line Depth By Re-Signing Jordan Simmons and Cedric Ogbuehi
Simmons, who first joined the Seahawks in 2018, started six games last season at left guard in place of an injured Mike Iupati. Simmons can also play right guard, and started three games there in 2018.
Ogbuehi, a former first-round pick who signed with the Seahawks as a free-agent last year, was Seattle's top backup to both starting tackles, and started four games at right tackle in place of an injured Brandon Shell, including the final three games of the regular season.
Seahawks Release DT Jarran Reed
The Seahawks released defensive tackle Jarran Reed, a former second-round pick who has been a starter for the past four seasons.
Reed started all 16 games last season and had 6.5 sacks, the second most of his career after his breakout 2018 campaign in which he recorded 10.5.
Seahawks Sign DE Kerry Hyder Jr.
The Seahawks made a big addition to their pass rush, signing former 49ers defensive end Kerry Hyder Jr. Hyder, who originally came into the league as an undrafted rookie in 2014, led the 49ers in sacks last season with a career-high 8.5, and he also had team-highs with 17 quarterback hits and 10 tackles for loss.
Prior to joining the 49ers, Hyder, 29, previously played for the Jets, Lions and Cowboys, and enjoyed a breakout year in 2016 with 8.0 sacks for Detroit, though that season was unfortunately followed by him tearing his Achilles the following preseason. Hyder became a starter for the first time in his career last year, starting 14 of 16 games.
Seahawks Re-Sign Center Ethan Pocic
The Seahawks re-signed center Ethan Pocic, bringing back a player who had his best season in 2020 after moving to center. A versatile lineman who was a second-round pick out of LSU in 2017, Pocic has started at both guard spots in the past, and last year he won the starting center job in camp and started 14 games.
Pocic's re-signing means the Seahawks will return four of their five starting linemen from 2020--left guard Mike Iupati retired this offseason, and likely will be replaced by trade acquisition Gabe Jackson--though Seahawks coach Pete Carroll mentioned the interior line as an area of his team he'd like to see improve, so competition is always a possibility in camp even with starters coming back.
Seahawks Sign TE Gerald Everett
The Seahawks signed former Rams tight end Gerald Everett over the weekend, a player who will come to Seattle familiar with new offensive coordinator Shane Waldron. Waldron, who was L.A.'s passing game coordinator the past three seasons, was Everett's position coach in 2017.
A second-round pick out of South Alabama in 2017, Everett has appeared in 61 games, starting 11, and has 127 catches for 1,389 yards and eight touchdowns in his four seasons with the Rams. In 2020, Everett had career highs in catches (41) and yards (417) while playing 57 percent of L.A.'s offensive snaps, according to Pro Football Reference, also a career high. Everett had a career-high 136 yards on seven catches in L.A.'s 2019 Week 5 loss to the Seahawks.
Seahawks Acquire G Gabe Jackson In Trade With Las Vegas
Bolstering the interior line was a goal for the Seahawks this offseason, as Pete Carroll said in his end-of-season press conference, and the Seahawks took a big step towards doing that by acquiring veteran guard Gabe Jackson in a trade that sends a fifth-round pick in next month's draft to the Las Vegas Raiders.
Jackson, 29, has started 99 of 100 games played over his seven-year career, and has experience at right and left guard. Mike Iupati, Seattle's starting left guard the past two years, retired earlier this offseason, so Jackson would seem to be a likely replacement unless the Seahawks decided to use him at right guard and move Damien Lewis, who started on the right side as a rookie in 2020.
Jackson figures to help bolster Seattle's pass protection in particular, having not allowed a sack in 2020, according to Pro Football Focus. In four of Jackson's seven seasons, the Raiders have finished in the top 10 in the NFL for fewest sacks allowed, including a 2016 season in which the Raiders gave up a league-low 18 sacks, with Jackson being named a Pro-Bowl alternate.
Seahawks sign CB Ahkello Witherspoon
The Seahawks bolstered their secondary by signing former 49ers cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon. Witherspoon, who is 6-foot-3, 195 pounds, not only has the size Seattle likes in cornerbacks, but coming from a defense run by former Pete Carroll and Gus Bradley assistant Robert Saleh, he also shouldn't have any trouble learning the Seahawks defense. Over four seasons, Witherspoon has started 33 of 47 games played, recording four interceptions, 24 passes defensed, 117 tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
Witherspoon gives the Seahawks another starting-caliber option along with the likes of D.J. Reed and Tre Flowers, depth Seattle needs after losing Shaquill Griffin to the Jaguars in free agency.
TE Jacob Hollister Agrees To Terms With Bills
Tight end Jacob Hollister agreed to terms on a contract with the Bills on Friday. Hollister, who was acquired in a trade with New England for a seventh-round pick, began his Seahawks career on the practice squad, but ended up being one of team's most productive tight end over the past two seasons. Over the past two years, Hollister caught 66 passes for 588 yards and six touchdowns. In Buffalo, Hollister will be reunited with quarterback Josh Allen, his college teammate at Wyoming.
FB Nick Bellore Re-Signs
Nick Bellore, a Pro-Bowler on special teams last season, re-signed with Seattle on Thursday, assuring the Seahawks will have back the player Pete Carroll called "a great factor" in their special teams success last year. Bellore, a linebacker-turned-fullback who is heading into his 11th NFL season, had 14 special teams tackles last season, tied for the third most in the league, and made the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career.
David Moore Agrees To Terms With Panthers
New Panthers GM Scott Fitterer, who spent two decades in Seattle's front office prior to getting the Carolina job this offseason, is bringing another former Seahawk to Charlotte, with the Panthers announcing they've agreed to terms with receiver David Moore on Thursday. The Panthers also added 2020 Seahawks seventh-round pick Stephen Sullivan earlier this offseason after the Seahawks did not sign him to a futures contract, making the tight end, who finished the season on the practice squad, a free agent.
Moore, a seventh-round pick in 2017, emerged as Seattle's No. 3 receiver over the past two seasons, and last year had 35 catches for 417 yards and six touchdowns. With Moore and Phillip Dorsett leaving in free agency, the Seahawks will need to find a new No. 3 receiver, either in-house--2020 sixth-round pick Freddie Swain would be a strong candidate for the job--or via free agency or the draft.
Seahawks Re-Sign Poona Ford
The Seahawks had the option of brining back Poona Ford on a one-year restricted free-agent deal, but instead rewarded one of their top young players with a two-year deal. Ford, who came to Seattle as an undrafted rookie in 2018, has been a starter each of the past two seasons and is coming off of the most productive year of his young career with 40 tackles, 2.5 sacks, eight tackles for loss and nine quarterback hits.
Shaquill Griffin, Carlos Hyde & Phillip Dorsett II Agree To Terms With Jaguars
The Jacksonville Jaguars have been very active in free agency, and among their moves are the additions of several Seahawks players, most notably cornerback Shaquill Griffin, a four-year starter and one-time Pro-Bowler with the Seahawks. Also heading to Jacksonville, the team announced Wednesday, are running back Carlos Hyde and receiver Phillip Dorsett, who will be reunited with former Seahawks offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, who is now the passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach of the Jaguars. Hyde will also be reunited with his college coach Urban Meyer, who took the Jacksonville head coaching job earlier this offseason.
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