After visiting Seahawks, Hatcher signs elsewhere
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.