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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