Report: Seahawks signing veteran D-lineman Mario Edwards

May 11, 2023, 1:53 PM

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Mario Edwards Jr. of the Tennessee Titans tackles Russell Wilson of the Denver Broncos on Nov. 13, 2022. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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Earlier on Thursday, it was reported that the Seattle Seahawks had restructured wide receiver Tyler Lockett’s contract to free up nearly $5.7 million. Later in the day, the Hawks reportedly put that money to use to help out the defense.

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According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler and Brady Henderson, the Seahawks are signing veteran defensive end Mario Edwards to a one-year deal. Edwards had taken a free-agent visit to Seattle in March.

Edwards, 29, was most recently with Tennessee, where he had three sacks and 11 QB hits in 13 games in 2022 while playing 51% of the Titans’ defensive snaps. One of his three sacks this past season was of former Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

Edwards was a second-round pick of the Raiders in 2015 after a standout collegiate career at Florida State.

Overall, Edwards has spent time with the Raiders, New York Giants, New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears and Titans in his eight-year career. In 99 games, Edwards has 19.5 sacks, 23 tackles for loss, 46 QB hits and three forced fumbles.

Edwards is 6 foot 3 and 280 pounds, so he should profile as a 3-4 defensive end in the Seahawks’ defensive scheme. He joins Dre’Mont Jones and Jarran Reed as free-agent additions to Seattle’s defensive line this offseason, though Reed had previously been in Seattle from 2016-2020 after being selected in the second round by the Hawks.

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