BY SPNW Staff 02:38PM 04/18/2016

Browner, 4 other Seahawks sign; Thomas weds

The Brandon Browner signing is official, and the Seahawks signed four of their own free agents. And Earl Thomas took a helluva photo at his wedding over the weekend in Houston.

Wearing a crown and cape, FS Earl Thomas married his high school sweetheart in an elaborate ceremony in Houston. His entourage included Kam Chancellor, far right. / Earl Thomas Instagram

CB Brandon Browner, an original member of the Legion of Boom, officially signed a one-year contract with the Seahawks Monday, a day after agreeing to terms. The Seahawks also signed restricted free-agent C Patrick Lewis and exclusive-rights free agents TE Cooper Helfet, CB Mohammad Seisay and S Steven Terrell.

Details about Browner’s deal have yet to be reported. When he was released by the New Orleans Saints in March, Brown was one year into a three-year contract worth $7.75 million, with a 2016 base of $2.75 million. Browner will be 32 in August and is unlikely to receive much in the way of guaranteed money.

Earlier in the offseason, the Seahawks signed CB Jeremy Lane to a four-year deal worth up to $23 million to fill the spot opposite Richard Sherman. Browner could be a backup at corner or slot, and at 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, also could play in running downs.

Lewis, who came to the Seahawks in 2014 via their practice squad, did not play in Seattle’s first four games last season, but made nine starts thereafter. He reportedly agreed to a $1.671 million tender.

Helfet appeared in 13 games last year with two starts. He caught 13 passes for 130 yards and no touchdowns. He also played in Seattle’s playoff games at Minnesota and Carolina.

Seisay spent last season on injured reserve and Terrell saw action in 12 contests on special teams.

Earl Thomas, king of weddings

Over the weekend, FS Earl Thomas married his high school sweetheart, Nina, in Houston, an elaborate affair that included the groom wearing a crown and cape, for reasons that remain unclear.

Thomas proposed last summer in Orange, TX., the couple’s hometown. They have a child, Kaeleigh Rose. SS Kam Chancellor was in the wedding party.

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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)
Mar 16 Christine Michael RB 208K 1 year, $725,000 (base $675,000)
Mar 19 Mike Morgan LB 750K 1 year, $1M  ($200,000 guarantee)

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
Mar 16 Russell Okung LT Broncos 5 years, $53 million

Remaining unrestricted free agents

Date Player Pos. ’15 Salary 2015 Season/Skinny
—– Tarvaris Jackson QB 1.3M 33 in April, mopped up in 4 games
—– 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 New Deal
Mar 14 Bradley Sowell OL Cardinals 1 year for $1.5M
Mar 14 Sealver Siliga DL Patriots 1 year for $1.4M
Mar 15 J’Marcus Webb OL Raiders 2 years, $6.25M, $2.5M guaranteed
Mar 24 Drew Ferris LS No NFL 3 years, $1.62M
Mar 31 Chris Clemons DE  Jaguars 1 year, $1.5M
Apr 18 Brandon Browner S Saints No details available

Restricted free agents

Date Player Pos. ’15 Salary New Deal
Mar 7 Patrick Lewis C 585K $1.67M
Mar 7 Cooper Helfet TE 510K $600,000
Mar 9 Alvin Bailey G 585K Received no offer; signed with CLE.
Mar 9 Derrick Coleman FB 585K 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 $525,000
Mar 7 DeShawn Shead DB 660K $760,000
Mar 8 Marcus Burley CB 510K Tendered $600,000
Mar 8 A.J. Francis DT 6.6K $600,000
Mar 8 Jesse Williams DT 393K Waived; never played
Mar 9 Steven Terrell CB 600K Agreed, no details
Mar 9 Moh. Seisay CB 333K Agreed, no details

Additional transactions

March 15: Released long snapper Clint Gresham, who had been with the Seahawks since 2010. Gresham signed a three-year, $2.7 million contract extension a year ago and his release will save $660,000 against the cap in 2016.


  • jafabian

    With Lane, Simon and Shead on the roster Browner isn’t a lock to make the team. If the Hawks opt for a DB with their first pick, such as Eli Apple of Ohio State (how can you resist someone named Apple playing in Washington state?) or Keanu Neal of Florida he’ll be hard pressed to make the team. IMO, the biggest issue with the defense last season was experienced depth in the LOB.

    Glad Helfet was re-signed. Graham isn’t a guarantee to be ready in September and Helfet has had some good games for the Hawks. Plus this is a TE weak draft. I’m wondering if they’ll make a decision on Fred Jackson since Rawls is no guarantee to be ready in September as well.