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Seahawks Sign Defensive Tackle Shamar Stephen

The Seahawks brought in more defensive line help on Saturday, signing former Vikings defensive tackle Shamar Stephen.

Stephen, 27, spent his first four NFL seasons in Minnesota, where he was active for 52 games from 2014-17 and started 20, including all 16 regular-season contests during the 2016 season. A seventh-round pick out of the University of Connecticut, the 6-foot-5, 310-pound Stephen has logged 93 tackles and a sack over the last four years in the league, including a career-high 39 tackles during the Vikings’ 2016 campaign that saw Stephen start every game.

Stephen marks the Seahawks’ third defensive line signing in free agency this offseason. On Friday, Seattle signed defensive end Marcus Smith, who played for the Seahawks last season, as well as defensive tackle Tom Johnson, a starter in Minnesota last year. Pass rusher Barkevious Mingo, who's listed as a linebacker, was also added earlier this month.

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