BY SPNW Staff 08:49AM 03/24/2017

Seahawks sign FA linebackers Wilhoite, Garvin

The Seahawks have addressed an area of need by signing former San Francisco LB Michael Wilkhoite to back up Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright.

Michael Wilhoite has reportedly signed with Seattle. / 49ers.com

Former San Francisco starting inside LB Michael Wilhoite has agreed to sign with the Seahawks. Wilhoite, 30, would provide depth behind Bobby Wagner and/or K.J. Wright and be an upgrade over Brock Coyle, who signed with the 49ers after he was not offered a tender as a restricted free agent.

Shortly after that news became official, the NFL Network reported that the Seahawks will also sign free agent linebacker Terence Garvin, who visited Seattle last week.

Wilhoite will make $1.55 million and receive $500,000 signing bonus and $800,000 in salary for one year. No terms have been announced for Garvin.

“Bobby and K.J. played thousands of plays this year between the two of them and were extremely successful,” Carroll said at his season-ending presser following the playoff loss to the Atlanta Falcons. “We need to address that. We didn’t get anybody that really made a difference in the last couple of years to really fight to take those guys’ jobs.”

Wilhoite made 34 starts over the past three seasons. He went undrafted out of Division II Washburn (KS) University and first played professionally for the Omaha Knights of the now-defunct United Football League.

Wilhoite joined the 49ers in 2012 and became a starter in 2014 when NaVorro Bowman had a knee injury. He continued to see time after Patrick Willis retired. Last year, Wilhoite made six starts, had 46 tackles, a sack, two passes defended, a forced fumble and fumble recovery.

San Francisco had the league’s last-ranked defense in opponents’ yardage and scoring, while allowing the most yards rushing in franchise history. Kyle Shanahan replaced Chip Kelly has head coach.

Garvin, 27, entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with Pittsburgh in 2013 after playing college ball at West Virginia. In 2015, he signed with the Washington Redskins. He played sparingly last year (57 defensive snaps) on defense, but saw considerable time on special teams. Garvin is 6-foot-3 and weighs 221 pounds.

SEAHAWKS FREE AGENT TRACKER

Unrestricted free agents signed

Date Player Pos. ’16 Team New Deal
Mar 9 Luke Joeckel OL Jaguars 1 year, $8M, $7M guaranteed
Mar 14 Eddie Lacy RB Packers 1 year, $4.25M, $2.86M guaranteed
Mar 17 Arthur Brown LB Jets No contract details available yet
Mar 17 Oday Aboushi OG Texans $975K, $200K guaranteed
Mar 22 Bradley McDougald S Bucs 1 year, $1.8M, $750K bonus
Mar 23 Michael Wilhoite LB 49ers 1 year, $1.55M, $800K salary
Mar 24 Terence Garvin LB Redskins $855K, $755 salary, $60K bonus

Unrestricted free agents retained

Date Player Pos. ’17 AAV New Deal
Mar 14 Neiko Thorpe CB 675K 2 years, $3.5M, $600K bonus
Mar 17 DeShawn Shead CB $1.5M 1 year, $1M guaranteed
Mar 17 Luke Willson TE $1.8M 1 year, 1M guaranteed

Unrestricted free agents lost

Date Player Pos. New Team New Deal
Mar 9 Stephen Hauschka PK Buff 3 years, $4M guaranteed
Mar 10 Brock Coyle LB SF 1 year, $775K base salary
Mar 17 John Jenkins DT Chic $900K, $100K guaranteed
Mar 19 Brandon Williams TE Ind $855K, $40K guaranteed

Remaining unrestricted free agents

Date Player Pos. ’16 AAV 2015 Season/Skinny
—– Bradley Sowell T 1.0M Signed last year, flopped
—– Michael Morgan LB 1.0M Started 6 games, 10 tackles, 1 INT
—– Tony McDaniel DT 985K Started 10 games, 41 tackles
—– Marcel Reese FB 885K Played in 4 late-season games
—– Will Tukuafu FB 760K Played in 7 games, made 1 start
—– Jeron Johnson SS 760K Played in 3 games, 3 tackles
—– Kelcie McCray SS 717K Started 7 games, 37 tackles
—– Steven Terrell CB 600K Non-tendered as a RFA
—– M. Seisay DB 525K Made 6 starts, caught 2 TDs
—– Devin Hester WR —- Announced retirement

Restricted free agents

Date Player Pos. ’16 AAV New Deal
Mar 9 Garry Gilliam T 1.79M Tendered at $1.797M

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