Seahawks add defensive tackle McDaniel

Eric.williams@thenewstribune.comMarch 29, 2013 

The Seahawks added some beef to the defensive line, and perhaps signaled the end of Alan Branch’s time in Seattle with the addition of defensive tackle Tony McDaniel.

The free agent from the Dolphins is expected to sign a one-year deal after he passes a physical. McDaniel visited the team’s Renton headquarters last week.

At 6-foot-7 and 305 pounds, McDaniel fits the mold the Seahawks are looking for in a run-stuffer to replace Branch, although recent free-agent addition Michael Bennett is expected to start at defensive tackle next to nose guard Brandon Mebane.

McDaniel, 28, had 11 tackles and .5 sack for the Dolphins in 2012 as a rotational guy, playing on passing downs and in short-yardage situations.

He played in 11 games last season, missing time because of a fractured hand and a nagging knee injury. A former University of Tennessee player, McDaniel started his career with three seasons in Jacksonville before being traded to the Dolphins in 2009.

McDaniel received the Ed Block courage award from Miami in 2012 for playing through a nagging right-knee injury.

With McDaniel in the fold, the Seahawks likely are moving on from Branch, who finished with 29 tackles and one sack last season and played in every regular-season game. However, the 28-year-old has not received much interest in free agency and reportedly switched agents this week.

LET THE WORKOUTS BEGIN

The NFL released offseason workout dates for all 32 teams on Thursday. The Seahawks begin their program on April 15, and will have organized team activities (OTA days) on May 20-21; May 23; May 28-29; May 31; and June 3-6. The Seahawks will host a mandatory minicamp from June 11-13.

REDSKINS TAB TAPP

The Washington Redskins signed free-agent linebacker Darryl Tapp, who spent four seasons with the Seattle Seahawks (2006-09).

Tapp hasn’t been a regular starter since 2008. He has been a backup for the past three seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles.

FALCONS LAND UMENYIORA

Free-agent defensive end Osi Umenyiora, 31, signed a two-year, $8.5 million contract with Atlanta.

Umenyiora, who won two Super Bowl championships in his 10 years with the New York Giants, will replace John Abraham as the team’s pass-rush leader. He says it was “a blessing” to sign with Atlanta, where he already has an offseason home.

EXTRA POINTS

The Saints and free-agent linebacker Victor Butler have agreed to terms on a two-year contract. The 6-foot-2, 245-pound Butler, a former defensive end at Oregon State, has spent the past four seasons with Dallas. … The Patriots signed free agent wide receiver Michael Jenkins, who caught 40 passes for 447 yards and two TDs with the Vikings last year. … Defensive lineman Vaughn Martin signed a two-year contract with the Dolphins after starting the past two seasons with San Diego. … The Colts acquired fullback Stanley Havili in a trade with the Eagles in exchange for defensive end Clifton Geathers. … The Chiefs hired former Vikings coach Brad Childress as their spread game analyst reuniting him with coach Andy Reid.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. Eric D. Williams: 253-597-8437 Eric.williams@thenewstribune.com blog.thenewstribune.com/seahawks @eric_d_williams

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