Seahawks Sign DE Mario Edwards Jr. & NT Forrest Merrill

The Seahawks added a pair of defensive linemen on Monday, including veteran defensive end Mario Edwards Jr.

Tennessee Titans defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. rushes against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022 in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)

The Seahawks signed two defensive linemen on Monday, eight-year veteran defensive end Mario Edwards Jr., and nose tackle Forrest Merrill.

Linebacker Michael Ayers and defensive end Jacob Sykes, both of whom were signed recently as undrafted rookie free agents, were waived to make room on the roster.

Edwards, a second-round pick in the 2015 draft, spent his first three seasons with the Raiders, and has since played for the Giants, Saints, Bears and Titans. Edwards has appeared in 99 games in his career, starting 32 while recording 19.5 sacks, 23 tackles for loss and 46 quarterback hits. Last season with Tennessee, Edwards started seven of 13 games played, recording 3.0 sacks, and a career-best 11 quarterback hits.

"I'm really pumped about this, because I thought I saw something in Mario, a couple months ago when we started free agency, where he could help us," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Friday before the signing became official. "He's got versatility—he's played end, he's stood up, he's been hand in the ground, he's been inside as a three-technique, he's played everywhere along the line—that I really like. He's really quick and he plays really hard. He's got a real good attitude about him. So he'd fit in a lot of ways. So I see him adding to the pass rush for sure, and he'll be competing to be in that first group, the first four guys out there. I've seen him play enough, he can play football. He'll be a big factor for us."

Merrill, who went undrafted out of Arkansas State in 2021, signed with the Chargers as an undrafted free agent, split time between the practice squad and active roster as a rookie, appearing in four games. He spent last season on injured reserve.

Seahawks rookies were treated to blue skies and mid-80 degree weather in Seattle for day two of rookie minicamp on May 13, 2023 at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center.

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