The Seahawks added a familiar name to their defensive line rotation, signing veteran defensive tackle Al Woods.
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.
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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.
A look back at defensive tackle Al Woods' first 10 seasons in the NFL. Woods signed with the Seahawks this week, his third stint in Seattle.