Seahawks free-agent DL Quinton Jefferson reportedly signing with Bills
The Seahawks retained one of their starting defensive linemen by re-signing Jarran Reed on Monday night, but they apparently are losing another in free agency.
Defensive end/defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson is joining the Buffalo Bills on a two-year deal, according to a report by NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport on Tuesday night.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 18, 2020
Jefferson, who will turn 27 later this month, had 3.5 sacks, 26 combined tackles, 10 quarterback hits, a fumble recovery and three passes defensed in 14 games in 2019, 12 of which he started.
Jefferson acknowledged the news with a tweet Tuesday night thanking Seattle.
It’s been real Seattle! Nothing but love 🤘🏾.
— Quinton jefferson (@Q_JEFF) March 17, 2020
Buffalo reportedly followed up by agreeing to terms with fellow free-agent defensive tackle Vernon Butler on Tuesday night, according to Rapoport.
Jefferson was a fifth-round selection by Seattle in the 2016 NFL Draft out of the University of Maryland. He appeared in just nine games in his first two seasons, all with Seattle even though he spent time on and off the Los Angeles Rams roster and practice squad in 2017 after being claimed from Seattle on waivers. He found his footing in 2018, however, playing in all 16 games, including 12 starts. He had three sacks, 25 combined tackles, 15 QB hits, two passes defensed and a fumble recovery that season.
The legal tampering period of NFL free agency ends Wednesday, when the new league year begins and teams can officially sign free agents.
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