Seahawks Sign Defensive Tackle Al Woods

(AP Photo/Alex Gallardo, File)
(AP Photo/Alex Gallardo, File)

The Seahawks continued to bolster their defensive line depth on Monday, signing veteran defensive tackle Al Woods. The move comes shortly after Seattle added former Pro-Bowl defensive end Ezekiel Ansah late last week.

The Seahawks waived a pair of players who signed last month as undrafted rookie free agents, quarterback Taryn Christion and tight end Mik’Quan Deane, leaving one open spot on the 90-man roster.

Woods, 32, has played for five teams over the past nine seasons, most recently appearing in 30 games over the past two seasons for the Indianapolis Colts, starting 24 of those games. Woods was voted a team captain in 2018 with the Colts. Woods, who was a fourth-round pick out of LSU in 2010, appeared in two games for the Seahawks in 2011.

The 6-foot-4, 330-pound Woods gives the Seahawks another veteran option at defensive tackle following the free-agency departure of 2018 starter Shamar Stephen. The Seahawks have found success over the years with veteran defensive tackle signings, acquiring starters like Alan Branch, Tony McDaniel, Ahtyba Rubin and Stephen.

The Seahawks have been busy in this latest wave of free agency following last week’s deadline for signings to count against the 2020 compensatory pick formula. In addition to Woods and Ansah, the Seahawks have also added in recent days cornerback Jamar Taylor, fullback Nick Bellore and guard Marcus Martin.

With Christion being waived, the Seahawks currently have only two quarterbacks on the roster: Russell Wilson and Paxton Lynch.

Photos from the Seattle Seahawks' voluntary offseason workout program on Friday, May 10, 2019 at Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center.

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