Seahawks sign LB Arthur Brown, OL Oday Aboushi; LT Ryan Clady visits
Friday was a busy day for the Seahawks in free agency. Not only did they agree to bring back both tight end Luke Willson and cornerback DeShawn Shead on one-year deals, they added a linebacker, had a few meetings and set up another. Here’s the latest:
• Linebacker Arthur Brown has signed with Seattle, according to Pro Football Talk. A second-round pick in 2013, Brown spent three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, then spent last year with the New York Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars following his release after the 2015 season. He is the brother of former Seahawks running back Bryce Brown. He should help with depth at linebacker and on special teams after the loss of Brock Coyle to the San Francisco 49ers.
• Oday Aboushi, a 25-year-old offensive guard, announced on his Twitter account that he has agreed to a deal with the Seahawks.
It's official, can't wait to get to work!!! pic.twitter.com/pGHs0isORL
— Oday Aboushi (@Oday_Aboushi75) March 17, 2017
Aboushi fits the bill of offensive line experience the Seahawks have made a priority this offseason, and he joins Luke Joeckel as signings in that vein. He played for the Houston Texans the last two seasons, starting three games in 2016, and spent his rookie year in 2014 with the New York Jets. He has played both left and right guard in the NFL.
• Four-time Pro Bowl left tackle Ryan Clady, a name that has been rumored to be a fit for the Seahawks for some time, reportedly visited the Seahawks, according to ESPN’s Field Yates. It will be interesting to see how serious the Seahawks are about him after adding Aboushi. Clady became a free agent when the Jets declined his $10 million option for 2017. A former Boise State Bronco, Clady’s 2016 season was shortened to nine games due to a torn rotator cuff. He will turn 31 shortly before next season begins.
• Defensive tackle John Jenkins, who appeared in two games with the Seahawks last season, has signed with the Chicago Bears. He had three assisted tackles for Seattle.
• Wide receiver Kamar Aiken will visit Seattle on Monday, per multiple reports. Aiken, soon to be 28, caught 75 passes for 944 yards in 2015 with the Baltimore Ravens but his production fell to 29 catches for 328 yards last year. He could add depth for a wide receiver corps that may be depleted depending on how long Tyler Lockett’s recovery from a broken leg will take.