Seattle's newest Seahawk, defensive lineman Cory Redding, talked to Seattle-area reporters today about joining his new team.
Redding, 28, said he was on the phone all day Saturday talking with team officials until he finally got the official word at 7:30 p.m.
"My first reaction was that I'm excited," Redding said. "It's a good organization, a lot of history, and I've been watching them play for the past four, five, six years. I'm just excited to be there."
The Seahawks dealt veteran linebacker Julian Peterson to Detroit for Redding and a fifth-round draft pick.
Redding addressed reports that he had restructured his contract, saying he had no knowledge of that report, and that was something for his agent, Kennard McGuire to handle. According to reports, Redding restructured his seven-year, $49 million deal to make the trade between Seattle and Detroit work.
Redding said he's fine with wherever Seattle lines him up defensively.
"I'm a football player," he said. "It doesn't matter where you put me, inside or outside. I've shown that I can do it both. Just put me where you want me, and I'm there."
However, Redding did say he's been told that he'll probably be used as a defensive end on first and second downs, and then moved to the inside to rush the passer on third downs as a 3-tech guy.
If that is how he's being used, it makes you wonder about the future of Darryl Tapp and Lawrence Jackson at defensive end, and how those two will be used in the future. Redding also provides added insurance in case defensive end Patrick Kerney doesn't come back fully healthy from shoulder surgery.
Redding said he talked with ex-Seahawks Chuck Darby, who he played alongside in Detroit, and Marcus Tubbs, a teammate of Redding's when both played Texas, about making the transition to Seattle. Redding said he received positive feedback from both players about the Seahawks organization.
Redding said the Lions first moved him inside to defensive tackle midway through the 2006 season when the team suffered injuries to its defensive tackles. Redding finished with a career-high eight sacks that year, and has been an inside guy ever since.
The next season, Redding said he put on weight, getting up to 295 pounds, to handle the pounding inside. But now that he'll see some time at defensive end, Redding plans to slim down to 285.
And he's already is in town, flying to Seattle on Sunday to begin training in Seattle's offseason program, which begins today.
"I'm committed to winning," Redding said. "And I'm committed to just getting around the guys and letting them know I'm here to work and I'm here to play."
Also, the Lions brought another former Seattle player on board today, signing back-up tight end Will Heller. Earlier in free agency, Seattle signed former Lions tight end John Owens during free agency to serve as a backup for John Carlson.