It appears the salary purge has begun, as the Seattle Seahawks announced that they released veteran safety Deon Grant today. The team also signed restricted free agent defensvie end Darryl Tapp and released long snapper Matt Overton.
Grant, who served as one of the team's defensive captains along with Lofa Tatupu last year, was due to make $4 million in 2010. He played three seasons in Seattle, starting all 48 games and totalling 224 tackles (182 solo), eight interceptions and one fumble recovery. Grant has been one of the iron men in the league, starting 144 straight games in the NFL.
But safety play has been a concern for Seattle, and many mock drafts have Seattle selecting Tennessee safety Eric Berry with the team's No. 6 overall pick.
Tendered by the team at his original, second-round selection, Tapp signed a one-year, $1.176 million tender. The Virginia Tech product was the team’s most consistent pass rusher last season, but only finished with 2.5 sacks on the year. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has mentioned Tapp as one of the players he wants around in rebuilding the team’s defense.
Overton apparently lost out to fellow long snapper Patrick MacDonald in the competition for that roster spot. The Seahawks signed both long snappers a month ago to replace Jeff Robinson, a late-season addition in 2009 who filled in for an injured Kevin Houser.