While the Seahawks -- and quarterback Russell Wilson -- wait for alternatives to emerge (Stefen Wisniewski? Chris Myers? a draft pick this month?) as their new starting center and left guard, they are bringing back two contributors who they found in the middle of last season.
Fullback Will Tukuafu posted on his Instagram account he has re-signed with Seattle, and a couple hours later the league's transaction report confirmed the move. He also played on Seattle's defensive line last season after the Seahawks signed him in the wake of starting fullback Derrick Coleman breaking his foot during pregame warmups at St. Louis Oct. 21. San Francisco gave Tukuafu an injury settlement in October, and the former Oregon Duck's career had a mini-rebirth from three months playing for the Seahawks.
The Seahawks also re-signed defensive tackle Jesse Williams after releasing him on a procedural contract move last month. The native of Australia has missed his first two league seasons while on injured reserve.
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By the end of last regular season Tukuafu had established himself as a valued role player on both sides of the Seahawks' line.
“It’s such a rare accomplishment for anybody for it to happen. You can’t remember guys that can do stuff like this,” coach Pete Carroll said in late December of Tukuafu playing both ways. “He’s really good at it; he does a nice job. His effect has been obvious from the beginning. A 285 pound fullback? That’s pretty cool. And he lays the wood.
“I know he was up there talking to Sherm (running backs coach Sherman Smith). He wants more carries. That as well as he contributes on special teams, he plays defense for us. We work him right into the rotations when we need him. That’s unique. He’s a remarkable kid. He’s really fit in well, he’s tough as nails, and he’s really been a great addition. He’s just right in the style of guys we like to have in the program.”
On Friday, the agent for free-agent defensive lineman Demarcus Dobbs tweeted his client had re-signed with Seattle for 2015:
The 49ers waived Dobbs in the middle of last season. By the decisive fourth quarter of Super Bowl 49, Dobbs found himself as part of a patchwork pass rush trying to pressure New England quarterback Tom Brady.
Even after bringing back Tukuafu and Dobbs, expect the Seahawks to continue to search for new defensive linemen through the draft. It remains a position in need of depth and versatility, especially with 30-year-old defensive tackle Brandon Mebane trying to come back from a torn hamstring and currently carrying a prime-for-renegotiation, $5.7-million salary cap cost for 2015.
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