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Seahawks bring back 2013-14 defensive tackle Tony McDaniel for veteran depth

Veteran defensive tackle Tony McDaniel, (99) here in a Seahawks game against the Rams in December 2014, has re-signed with Seattle.
Veteran defensive tackle Tony McDaniel, (99) here in a Seahawks game against the Rams in December 2014, has re-signed with Seattle. AP

RENTON The Seahawks’ have brought back Tony McDaniel for depth on their defensive line.

McDaniel’s representatives posted the news of his contract signing with Seattle on Twitter Monday afternoon.

McDaniel, 31, started for the Seahawks during their 2013 Super Bowl-championship season. They released him last summer, and he played 2015 on a one-year contract for Tampa Bay. He has been a free agent since January.

He’s 6 feet 7 and 305 pounds. He started 29 games in the 2013 and ‘14 regular seasons for the Seahawks. He started three games and appeared in 14 last season with the Buccaneers.

He’s also something Jordan Hill has not been for two weeks: available to practice.

Hill had an inside track to the starting defensive-tackle job vacated by Brandon Mebane in March when Mebane signed with San Diego. But then Hill injured his groin. Coach Pete Carroll said after Hill missed yet another practice Monday that the veteran in the final year of his rookie contract is close to returning to practice.

In the meantime, rookie second-round pick Jarran Reed has been starting -- and impressing -- at defensive tackle.

McDaniel’s arrival could mean a swap of veteran backup roles at defensive tackle with Sealver Siliga. Siliga missed the first two weeks of training camp with a calf injury, came back and then almost immediately injured his calf again. Carroll all but said Monday Siliga has missed too much now to be on the roster when the regular-season begins. McDaniel appears to be his back-fill.

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