BY SPNW Staff 03:34PM 03/14/2016

Seahawks sign linemen; Okung still looking

The Seahawks signed their first two outside free agents Monday, agreeing to terms on one-year deals with with OL Bradley Sowell of Cardinals and DL Sealver Siliga of the Patriots.

Offensive lineman Bradley Sowell signed with the Seahawks Monday. / Wiki Commons

The Seahawks Monday made their first dips into the 2016 free-agent pool, signing OL Bradley Sowell, 26, and DL Sealver Siliga, 25, to one-year deals. Sowell spent the past four years with the Arizona Cardinals while Siliga, who had a brief stint with Seattle in 2013, spent 2015 with the New England Patriots.

Sowell’s contract is for one year and will pay him $1.5 million. Siliga reportedly signed for $1.4 million, according to ESPN.

Sowell (6-foot-7 and 310 pounds) is being added to provide depth, and little more. He started 12 games for the Cardinals in 2013 and hasn’t played much since — just 33 snaps in 2014-15 combined.

Sowell has played guard and tackle and done some long snapping. He entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2012 out of Ole Miss and signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He then went to the Indianapolis Colts before joining the Cardinals.

The Seahawks lost in free agency starting OG J.R. Sweezy to Tampa Bay, as well as backup OL Alvin Bailey to Cleveland. Starting LT Russell Okung, another unrestricted free agent, has visited and received offers from the New York Giants, Detroit Lions and Pittsburgh Steelers, but has yet to accept a contract.

Okung, Seattle’s No. 1 pick in 2010, spent the past two days in Pittsburgh and on Sunday tweeted that he was highly impressed with the Steelers’ history of success. He included a photo of Pittsburgh’s array of Super Bowl trophies:

Siliga, who played on Seattle’s practice squad before signing with the Patriots, recorded 28 tackles for New England in 2015. Siliga was not tendered by the Patriots as a restricted free agent, leaving him free to sign with the Seahawks and help fill what they lost when Brandon Mebane signed with the Chargers.

Siliga, 6-3 and 300 pounds, went undrafted out of the University of Utah in 2012 and signed with the Denver Broncos. He has appeared in 26 NFL games.

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

Unrestricted Free Agents Added

Date Player Pos. ’15 Team Skinny
Mar 14 Bradley Sowell OL Cardinals 1-year deal for $1.5M
Mar 14 Sealver Siliga DL Patriots 1-year deal for $1.4M

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


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