By Brady Henderson

In need of an interior pass rusher after losing Clinton McDonald in free agency, the Seahawks are reportedly set to meet with free-agent defensive tackles Henry Melton and Vance Walker.

Melton, according to Josina Anderson of ESPN, is en route to Seattle Friday to visit the Seahawks. A fourth-round pick by Chicago in 2009, Melton spent his rookie season injured reserve and tore his ACL in the third game of 2013. He had 15.5 sacks from 2010-2012, a strong total for an interior defensive lineman.

Walker, meanwhile, is scheduled to visit with the Seahawks Sunday, according to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle. Walker started 15 games for Oakland last season, his first with the Raiders after spending his first four seasons in Atlanta. A seventh-round pick in 2009, Walker has eight career sacks.

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By Brady Henderson

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll didn't rule out the possibility of bringing back Sidney Rice after the receiver was released earlier this offseason, and now a report states it's a possibility.

Seattle is at least interested, according to a tweet Thursday evening from Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. This comes a day after the Seahawks lost their leading receiver from last season when Golden Tate signed with Detroit.

The team reportedly added another receiver Wednesday, agreeing to terms with Taylor Price. But given the fact that he didn't play last season and has only appeared in six games since entering the NFL in 2010 it's hard to imagine Seattle counting on Taylor to be a major contributor in 2014, let alone come anywhere close to replacing Tate's production.

Rice would be another option for Seattle, and presumably an inexpensive one considering he's coming off ACL surgery and has a history of durability issues. Rice, 27, caught 15 passes for 231 yards and three touchdowns in eight games last season before tearing his ACL. Carroll said last month that Rice was well ahead of schedule following his surgery, even calling it "almost unheard of" how quickly he's recovering.

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By Brady Henderson

The Seahawks parted ways with one pass rusher Thursday and saw another in which they had interest sign elsewhere.

Former Cowboys defensive tackle Jason Hatcher, who visited with Seattle earlier this week, signed with Washington. He had reportedly lined up a number of free-agent visits so an agreement with Seattle never seemed imminent, but his deal with Washington leaves the Seahawks with one fewer option.

The Seahawks had already lost defensive tackle Clinton McDonald to Tampa Bay on the first day of free agency when they released defensive end Chris Clemons on Thursday. Those players combined for 10 sacks a season ago, presumably leaving Seattle in the market for a pass rusher. Combine those losses with the release of defensive end Red Bryant prior to free agency and the Seahawks have now lost three members of their defensive line from a year ago.

Seattle has been linked to defensive end Jared Allen, though one report on Wednesday contradicted others that stated the two sides have spoken. Thursday brought no news on that front.

Another big-name free-agent defensive lineman, Justin Tuck, signed with the Raiders Thursday.

By Brady Henderson

Walter Thurmond said Wednesday that he's set to pay a free-agent visit to the 49ers, who are in the market for a nickel cornerback after releasing Carlos Rogers earlier this week.

Thurmond met this week with the Jaguars and head coach Gus Bradley, who was previously Seattle's defensive coordinator. In a tweet Wednesday afternoon, Thurmond said it was a "great" visit and lauded the direction of the organization before announcing his next stop: San Francisco.

Then came the predictable indignation from Seahawks fans, to which Thurmond responded with a reminder that the NFL is a business and that visiting a team doesn't mean he's made up his mind to sign with it.

If he does, Thurmond would join a long list of players who have switched sides in the Seahawks-49ers rivalry over the past few seasons.

Washington has also shown interest in Thurmond and has reportedly lined up a visit.

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By Brady Henderson

The Seahawks' decision to release defensive end Chris Clemons on Wednesday was expected given his age, salary and production. Equally as unsurprising was where he's ended up.

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Chris Clemons and Red Bryant, Seattle's starting defensive ends the past four seasons, have both signed with Jacksonville after being released by the Seahawks. (AP)
Clemons has reportedly signed a four-year deal with the Jaguars, which makes him the latest in a growing list of defensive players to come to Jacksonville from Seattle over the last year. Another former Seahawk, free-agent cornerback Walter Thurmond, visited with Jacksonville earlier this week.

Clemons' deal reunites him with Red Bryant, who was Seattle's other starting defensive end the past four seasons.

It also reunites him with the man who's responsible for the pipeline that has carried several former Seahawks to Jacksonville, Gus Bradley, who was Seattle's defensive coordinator from 2009-2012 before becoming the Jaguars' head coach last offseason.

Todd Wash, the team's defensive-line coach, came to Jacksonville with Bradley, and his familiarity with Clemons and Bryant likely factored into those two additions.

Seattle's defense is in vogue after leading the league in scoring the past two seasons, which has been evident during the start of free agency. It's especially so in Jacksonville thanks to the similarities between the two schemes and the need for personnel with certain specs.

Jacksonville's roster now includes five defensive players who came directly from Seattle: Clemons, Bryant, safety Winston Guy, cornerback Will Blackmon and linebacker John Lotulelei.

Former Seahawks cornerback Marcus Trufant spent last training camp with the Jaguars but was released before the start of the season. Wide receiver Stephen Williams is the only offensive player among the Jaguars' ex-Seahawks.

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By Brady Henderson

After changing teams three times in as many years, Tarvaris Jackson is staying put.

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The quarterback indicated Wednesday evening that he's returning to the Seahawks to back up Russell Wilson. According to Tom Pelissero of USA Today, it's a one-year deal and includes $1.25 million fully guaranteed and up to $750,000 in incentives.

The move gives the Seahawks a nice insurance policy for Wilson. That is significant given all the hits he took – and somehow emerged unscathed from – during stretches last season, particularly when Seattle was without both starting offensive tackles. Jackson has starting experience, a knowledge of Seattle's offense and a proven ability to win games. Throw in the fact that he's revered in Seattle's locker room and this seemed like a no-brainer for the Seahawks.

For Jackson, his return brings an end – for now – to the flux that has defined his career of late. He went from Minnesota to Seattle in 2011, going 7-8 as the Seahawks' starter that season despite playing for much of the year with a torn pectoral. He was traded to Buffalo the following summer after losing out on a three-way quarterback competition, spent the 2012 season buried on the Bills' depth chart then returned to Seattle once he was released.

Jackson, 30, made three mop-up appearances for Seattle during the regular season and another in the Super Bowl.

B.J. Daniels is the other quarterback on Seattle's roster.

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By Brady Henderson

The Seahawks lost their second offensive starter in a matter of hours Wednesday as right tackle Breno Giacomini agreed to a deal with the Jets.

It comes not long after wide receiver Golden Tate left Seattle for a five-year deal with the Lions that will pay him up to $31 million.

Terms of Giacomini's deal with the Jets have yet to be reported.

His departure pushes Seattle into the market for a right tackle, though not necessarily a starter. Michael Bowie made eight starts as a rookie last season, including seven at right tackle when Giacomini was out with a knee injury. He played well enough to at least merit consideration to be Seattle's starter next season.

Giacomini was a three-year starter for the Seahawks. He was also their enforcer, the player offensive-line coach Tom Cable identified as the one Seahawk he'd choose to have alongside him in a dark alley. Giacomini's aggressiveness was a dual-edged sword earlier in his career with Seattle, sometimes leading to personal-foul penalties that he eventually curbed.

Seattle signed Giacomini off of Green Bay's practice squad in 2010. Connections were key then as they are now. Seahawks general manager John Schneider was still working in Green Bay's front office in 2008 when the Packers drafted Giacomini in the fifth round, and the man that just signed him, John Idzik, was Seattle's salary-cap expert before he became the Jets' general manager.

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By Brady Henderson

After losing several defensive players from their championship roster over the first two days of free agency, the Seahawks retained one of them.

The Seahawks have reportedly reached a two-year deal with defensive tackle Tony McDaniel, who had 53 tackles and two sacks as a starter in Seattle's base defense last season. McDaniel, 29, had been a backup over his first seven seasons before coming to Seattle on a one-year deal.

McDaniel's deal, according to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports, is worth as much as $6.3 million.

By re-signing McDaniel, the Seahawks maintain some continuity along a defensive line that has lost three members this offseason, including two in the last 24 hours. Having already parted ways with Red Bryant, the Seahawks did the same with their other starting defensive end on Wednesday, releasing Chris Clemons in a cost-saving move. Clinton McDonald, a backup nose tackle and a key member of Seattle's nickel defense, signed with Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

Safety Chris Maragos and linebacker O'Brien Schofield – both backups – have also reached deals elsewhere in free agency, though Schofield's is reportedly on hold because of health concerns. Seattle re-signed defensive lineman Michael Bennett before the start of free agency.

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Brady Henderson became the editor of 710Sports.com in June of 2010 after covering high school sports for The Seattle Times. A Seattle native, he graduated from Western Washington University in 2008 with a degree in journalism.



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