BY SPNW Staff 05:36PM 04/06/2012

Seahawks Come To Terms With 3 Free Agents

The Seattle Seahawks agreed to terms Friday with CB Roy Lewis, OG Deuce Lutui and LB Barrett Ruud. Of the three, Lewis resonates most since he is a former Washington Husky and spent the last three seasons with the Seahawks, appearing in 33 games with one start and 37 tackles (26 solo), 1.5 sacks and six passes defensed.

Lewis served as Seattle’s special teams captain in 2010 and was also voted the Largent Award winner by teammates and named Seahawks Man of the Year for 2010.

Lewis entered the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2008, playing in one game.

The Arizona Cardinals selected Lutui in the second round (41st overall) of the 2006 NFL draft. He started 72 of 93 career games at right guard. He started all 16 games played from 2008-10 and all 15 games played in 2007.

Lutui played two seasons at USC (2004-05) and started at right tackle as a junior and left guard as a senior, helping protect Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart, and was named USC’s Offensive Lineman of the Year after his final season.

Lutui, whose given first name is Taitusi, re-unites with former Trojans coaches Pete Carroll, Chris Carlisle, Ken Norton, Jr., Pat Ruel, Rocky Seto, Carl Smith and Jamie Yanchar in Seattle.

Ruud originally was selected in the second round (36th overall) of the 2005 NFL draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he spent six years before signing as an unrestricted free agent with the Tennessee Titans July 31.

He played in 104 career games with 77 starts, collecting 642 tackles (469 solo), 5 sacks, seven interceptions and 23 passes defensed.

In 2011, he started all nine games that he played for the Titans, posting 57 tackles (40 solo), one interception and three passes defensed before being placed on injured reserve (groin).

HAWTHORNE BOLTS: David Hawthorne, Seattle’s leading tackler in each of the past three seasons, has signed a five-year contract with the New Orleans Saints. “From Day One, they were one of the first teams to contact me in free agency,” said Hawthorne. “I think they valued me and my body of work, and I had never played a snap for them.”

Hawthorne is the fourth unrestricted free agent to leave Seattle, following TE John Carlson (Minnesota), OG Mike Gibson (Philadelphia) and DE Anthony Hargrove (Green Bay).

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
March 18 ^Matt Flynn QB Signed 3-year $24 million, $10m guaranteed
March 23 ^Kregg Lumpkin RB Terms not disclosed for ex-Buc back
April 6 *Roy Lewis CB Hawks originally didn’t offer contract
April 6 ^Deuce Lutui OG 72 NFL starts since 2006
April 6 ^Barrett Ruud LB Effectively replaces David Hawthorne

Free Agents Lost

Date Player Pos. Terms
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
March 31 Anthony Hargrove DL Signed with Green Bay Packers
April 3 David Hawthorne LB Signed 5-year deal with New Orleans

*=Own free agent; ^Outside free agent


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