Report: Seahawks add another LB, ex-49er Michael Wilhoite
At his end-of-season press conference, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll identified linebacker as a position Seattle needed to bolster over the offseason. The latest move to do that came Thursday night, when Seattle reportedly agreed to a deal with former 49er Michael Wilhoite.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported the agreement without specifying the terms. He reported earlier Thursday that another former 49ers linebacker, Gerald Hodges, had wrapped up his visit with the Seahawks.
Wilhoite, 30, was undrafted in 2011 out of Washburn and has spent his five NFL seasons with San Francisco, making 36 starts. He’s listed at 6 feet and 240 pounds. His best season statistically came in 2014, when he recorded 87 tackles, six pass breakups and two interceptions while starting all 16 games.
He’s the ninth player the Seahawks have added in free agency and the second linebacker, joining Arthur Brown, who was signed last week. Wilhoite and Brown give the Seahawks depth they wanted behind Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright, and the depth they needed even more after Brock Coyle signed with San Francisco. Wilhoite and Brown also give Seattle two veteran options to start at strong-side linebacker in place of Mike Morgan, an unrestricted free agent.
Update: The Seahawks have reportedly added a third linebacker in free agency, Terence Garvin.