BY SPNW Staff 12:58PM 03/17/2012

Seahawks add inside pass rusher Jason Jones

The Seahawks finally reached outside their house to sign a free agent, adding Jason Jones, a well-regarded defensive who played for the Tennessee Titans and may be the Seahawks answer to a better pass rush. Seattle won out over division …

The Seahawks finally reached outside their house to sign a free agent, adding Jason Jones, a well-regarded defensive who played for the Tennessee Titans and may be the Seahawks answer to a better pass rush.

Seattle won out over division rival St. Louis, which is now coached by Jeff Fisher, former Titans coach.  Jones visited Seattle Thursday and Friday after seeing St. Louis. His agent reported that the deal was for one year.

Jones, 26 in May, is 6-5, 272-pounder who was taken in the second round of the 2008 draft from Eastern Michigan by the Titans. Last season he played more outside than inside, which scouts consider his better position. He’ll be part of a rotation that includes Brandon Mebane and Alan Branch.

Jones started 28 games the past two seasons. He had 112 tackles, 15.5 sacks and seven forced fumbles.

The Rams Friday signed defensive tackle Kendall Langford to a four-year, $24 million deal, including $12 million in guaranteed money, which apparently closed out interest in Jones.

In another free agency development, backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst signed a two year deal Thursday with San Diego, his original NFL team. Whitehurst came to Seattle on a two-year, $8 million deal, but never lived up to the optimistic projections by Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.

Free Agents Signed

Date Player Pos. Terms
Feb. 10 *Breno Giacomini OL $1.5 million base in 2012, $3 million in 2013
March 4 *Marshawn Lynch RB 4 years, $31 million, $18 million guaranteed
March 14 *Red Bryant EE 5 years, $35 million, $14 million guaranteed
March 14 *Heath Farwell LB Contrat terms not yet disclosed
March 15 *Paul McQuistan OL Contract terms not yet disclosed
March 16 *Michael Robinson FB Signed two-year deal; terms not disclosed
March 17 ^Jason Jones DL Signed one-year deal; terms not disclosed

Free Agents Lost

Date Player Pos. Terms
March 14 Roy Lewis CB Seahawks did not offer one-year tender
March 15 John Carlson TE 5 years, $25 million with Minnesota Vikings
March 16 Charlie Whitehurst QB Signed 2-year deal with San Diego Chargers
March 16 Atari Bigby S Signed 2-year deal with San Diego Chargers

*=Own free agent; ^Outside free agent


YourThoughts

  • RadioGuy

    Nice to finally beat LA here, although I wouldn’t put as much into the absence of Beckham as a lot of people are:  He’s been coasting on his name and past reputation for years (with a very occasional “look-at-that” move).  Considering what he cost and what expectations were when he came to America, he’s more than underachieved…but, hey, he’s got a pretty wife.

    Not having Keane DID hurt LA but they did have Donovan, who I’ve come to respect a lot more in recent seasons as he’s matured.  It’s a good win.

    • Artthiel

       I’m told it was his birthday too, and any pro athlete 35+ (other than Jamie Moyer) would prefer to acknowledge it quietly.

  • Artthiel

     If Fredy and Eddie deliver as forecasted, with the defense so sound, your requested deliverable is reasonable.
    Arena always finds a way to send a dig. Most MLS coaches would say the same about Seattle, but they don’t have Arena’s standing.

  • jafabian

    It’s interesting that NFL players view FieldTurf about as good as playing on grass whereas soccer players equate it as the same as AstroTurf.