Colin Cole reportedly signed a five-year, $21 million deal with $5 million guaranteed. Team sources confirmed the signing today.
And this apparently ends the pursuit of defensive end Chris Canty, who's agent reportedly has said he will cancel a scheduled trip to Seattle. Canty had been seeking a deal at $8 million per season, which is probably to steep for Seattle at this point.
The Packers reportedly wanted Cole back for defensive line depth. Green Bay is converting to a 3-4 base scheme defensively, and Cole would have fit their scheme as a nose guard.
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Now with Seattle committing at least a reported $5 million guaranteed to Cole, it appears Brandon Mebane may be switching positions to fill in as a 3-technique defensive tackle, the role Rocky Bernard played throughout his career with Seattle, instead of the 1-technique he's customarily played on the inside shade of the guard.
Check out this defensive front chart for a visual.
The 3-technique position is filled by a player who lines up on the outside shade of the guard and gets more of a pass rush up field. This position also requires a player who can move better sideline to sideline in pursuit.
Mebane has shown flashes of being able to do that. He finished with 5.5 sacks last season and started all 16 games after finishing with two sacks in his rookie season in 10 games started.
Cole seems to be a better fit as a run stuffer and hole clogger at the 1-technique position.
Seattle also is expecting good things from rookie Red Bryant, who was dinged up most of last season and played in only four games in 2008. The usually solid Craig Terrell rounds out the defensive tackle rotation for Seattle.