BY Art Thiel 12:46PM 03/11/2016

Ryan returns to Seahawks; Okung goes on tour

Free agent punter Jon Ryan is returning to the Seahawks, while LT Russell Okung, the Seahawka’ last remaining starter who is undecided, will visit the Giants, Lions and 49ers.

John Ryan i happy to be back with the Seahawks. / Drew McKenzie, Sportspress Northwest

Another free agent Seahawk is staying in Seattle — punter Jon Ryan tweeted Friday morning that he is returning, thanks to a deal worth up to $10 million, with $2.4 million guaranteed, according to NFL.com.

With the departure of Brandon Mebane to San Diego, Ryan, 34, is the longest-tenured Seahawk. His 2008 arrival in Seattle makes him the only player who pre-dates coach Pete Carroll.

Ryan made $1.5 million last season in the final year of a six-year deal he signed in 2010 that paid him $9.1 million total.

Ryan, who also holds on field goals — from where he threw a touchdown pass to RT Garry Gilliam to jump-start the Seahawks’ win over Green Bay in the 2014 NFC Championship — is among the NFL’s best punters because he kicks well directionally as well as vertically, dropping balls frequently inside the opponent 20-yard line.

He holds most of the Seahawks career punting records, including the longest punt of 77 yards.

He becomes the fourth Seahawks free agent to re-sign, joining DT Ahtyba Rubin, CB Jeremy Lane and WR Jermaine Kearse.

Free agent Okung visiting Giants, Lions, 49ers

NFL.com reported that LT Russell Okung, the final starter on the Seahawks’ unrestricted free agent list who is undecided, will take visits this weekend with the Giants and Lions. The 49ers reportedly are also interested. It was reported earlier in the week by NFL.com that he received an”aggressive” offer from the Seahawks to stay.

Okung, 28, is representing himself in negotiations, with some assistance from his former agent. His effort is being watched by other NFL players to see whether the unusual maneuver is feasible.

Okung had a shoulder dislocation in the final playoff game against Carolina that required surgery last month and obviously needs to prove to prospective employers that he is healthy.

The Seahawks have lost RG J.R. Sweezy in free agency (Tampa Bay) and are reluctant to lose a second starter from a line that struggled mightily in the first half of the past season.

Okung’s return could mean that the only personnel change in the line would be the advancement of Mark Glowinski, a fourth-round draftee in 2015, to replace Sweezy.

NFL.com also reported that the Seahawks will get a visit from Steelers LT Kelvin Beachum.

A seventh-round draft pick in 2012 from Southern Methodist, he worked his way into a full-time starting job in 2014, but played just six games in 2015 before tearing an ACL. He’s considered among the top remaining unsigned free agent tackles, along with Okung.

SEAHAWKS FREE AGENT TRACKER

Unrestricted free agents retained

Date Player Pos. ’15 Salary New Deal
Mar 9 Ahtyba Rubin DL 2.6M 3 years, $12M, $5.5M guaranteed
Mar 9 Jeremy Lane CB 660K 4 years, $23M, $11M guaranteed
Mar 10 Jermaine Kearse WR 2.3M 3 years, $13.5M, $6.3M guaranteed
Mar 11 Jon Ryan P 1.5M 4 years, $10M (1M annual raise)

Unrestricted free agents lost

Date Player Pos New Team New Deal
Mar 9 Bruce Irvin LB Raiders 5 years, $37M, $19M guaranteed
Mar 9 Brandon Mebane DT Chargers 3 years, $13.5M, $5.5M guaranteed
Mar 9 J.R. Sweezy G Bucs 5 years, $32.5M
Mar 9 Ricardo Lockette WR None Seahawks declined to offer, now FA

Remaining unrestricted free agents

Date Player Pos. ’15 Salary 2015 Season/Skinny
—– Russell Okung T 4.8M 2010 No.1, 15 starts, 2 in playoffs
—– Tarvaris Jackson QB 1.3M 33 in April, mopped up in 4 games
—– Michael Morgan LB 750K 14 games with 2 starts
—– Will Tukuafu FB 745K 14 games, 1 touchdown
—– Demarcus Dobbs DE 745K 11 games, no starts
—– Fred Jackson RB 870K 16 games, 2 rec. TDs

Restricted free agents

Date Player Pos. ’15 Salary New Deal
Mar 7 Patrick Lewis C 585K Tendered $1.67M
Mar 7 Cooper Helfet TE 510K Tendered $600,000
Mar 9 Alvin Bailey G 585K Received no offer; signed with Clev.
Mar 9 Derrick Coleman FB 585K Seahawks declined to offer, now FA
Mar 9 Christine Michael RB 208K Seahawks declined to offer, now FA
—– Nick Moody LB 413K 3 games, no starts

Exclusive rights free agents

Date Player Pos. ’15 Salary Skinny
Mar 6 Eric Pinkins LB 180K Tendered
Mar 7 DeShawn Shead DB 660K Tendered $760,000
Mar 8 Marcus Burley CB 510K Tendered $600,000
Mar 8 A.J. Francis DT 6.6K Tendered $600,000, signed
Mar 8 Jesse Williams DT 393K Waived; never played
Mar 9 Steven Terrell CB 600K Tendered
Mar 9 Moh. Seisay CB 333K Tendered

YourThoughts

  • Its onlySports(DavidWakefield)

    Next year they will have about 6 million tied up in kicking. I am actually a BIG fan of both Jon and Steve…great guys whom you
    would never expect to shame the team off the field and they produce
    right up there with the best.
    Their stories of how they got here are also good.
    You got to marvel at how good a gig kicking is in the NFL esp if your special like our kicking troops are.

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