Injuries hit the Seahawks at safety harder in 2016 than they have in the past, with Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas missing a combined 11 games, postseason included. On Wednesday, the Seahawks made a move to add depth to that position, signing former Tampa Bay Buccaneers starter Bradley McDougald.
McDougald, 26, has started 31 games over the past two seasons, and last year had a career-best 91 tackles, 10 passes defensed and two interceptions, one of which came against the Seahawks in Week 12.
McDougald went undrafted out of Kansas in 2013 and originally signed with Kansas City, appearing in one game with the Chiefs before being waived and claimed off waivers by Tampa Bay. McDougald appeared in 15 games in 2014, starting five of them, then became a regular starter the following season, starting all but one game over the past two years.
Seattle's top backup safeties from last season, Kelcie McCray and Steven Terrell, are both currently free agents.
The Seahawks also added to their kicker competition on Wednesday, signing John Lunsford, who inked a futures contract with the Buccaneers this past January but was waived earlier this week. The 23-year-old specialist joined the 49ers as an undrafted rookie free agent last summer and played in three preseason games for San Francisco.
Lunsford, a Liberty product, joins former Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh at the spot in Seattle, with longtime Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka signing with the Buffalo Bills in free agency earlier this month.
Take a look back at safety Bradley McDougald's first five years in the NFL.