The Seattle Seahawks and free agent defensive tackle Brandon Mebane are reportedly in discussions today in an attempt to keep the Cal product in Seattle long term.
And a couple recent free agent signings should help provide parameters for the two sides to get a deal done.
Green Bay’s Cullen Jenkins, Mebane, San Francisco’s Aubrayo Franklin and Cofield have been considered the top free agent defensive tackles in this year’s draft.
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And the Carolina Panthers re-signed defensive end Charles Johnson to a six-year, $78 million deal, with a $30 million signing bonus. Johnson finished with a career-high 11.5 sacks last year in his first year as a starter.
Denver was rumored to be interested in Johnson, with former Carolina head coach John Fox now the head guy in Denver, to play 3-tech for the Broncos. But Denver obviously got scared away by that price tag.
Keep those two deals in mind moving forward as Seattle works toward a deal with Mebane. Also keep in mind how the Seahawks have to structure these deal in order to bring in other free agent targets like Robert Gallery and Sidney Rice in regards to staying under the cap.
I’ll also pass along a couple reports about Seattle player movement. Again, none of this is has been confirmed by the team.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the Seahawks have reached agreement on a three-year contract with Oakland Raiders offensive guard Robert Gallery
And pump the brakes on Matt Leinart coming to Seattle. John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports that Leinart will return to Houston, instead of joining his former head coach Pete Carroll in Seattle, as was rumored to be happening on Tuesday.
McClain goes on to report that Houston head coach Gary Kubiak told him Leinart wanted to go to a team that will give him a chance to start. I don’t really see that happening in Houston with Matt Schaub there, but we’ll see.
Schefter also reports that kicker Olindo Mare will not return to Seattle.
Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that linebacker Will Herring has signed a three-year deal with the New Orleans Saints. Hopefully he gets a chance to start there.
ESPN’s John Clayton is now reporting that the Denver Broncos are trying to get Mebane away from Seattle, with New Orleans also in the hunt. I heard rumblings that Denver was interested before free agency started, so that makes some sense.