A seventh Seahawks free agent moves on

todd.dybas@thenewstribune.comMarch 25, 2014 

Scratch another off the Seattle Seahawks’ free-agent list.

Left guard Paul McQuistan signed a two-year contract with the Cleveland Browns on Monday for a reported $3 million, with $750,000 guaranteed. He is the seventh Seattle free agent to sign elsewhere this offseason.

McQuistan, 30, rotated at left guard throughout last season with James Carpenter. He started 40 games for the Seahawks the past three seasons and 14 last season after being signed in 2011 as a free agent.

He joins wide receiver Golden Tate, right tackle Breno Giacomini, defensive tackle Clinton McDonald, cornerback Walter Thurmond, cornerback Brandon Browner and safety Chris Maragos as players who have left the Super Bowl champions.

The Seahawks selected two offensive linemen, Alvin Bailey and Michael Bowie, in the seventh round of last year’s draft. Bowie started seven games at right guard when Giacomini was injured. Bailey was primarily used as an extra tight end in jumbo offensive sets.

Those two will join Lemuel Jeanpierre, who was re-signed primarily to be the backup center, recently signed Stephen Schilling and Caylin Hauptmann, who was on the 53-man roster most of last season but inactive most of the games, as offensive line pieces.

Left tackle Russell Okung, center Max Unger and right guard J.R. Sweezy are returning starters.

Seattle is also thought to be looking at offensive linemen in this year’s draft. Two options that might be around when the Seahawks pick 32nd, and last, in the first round, are David Yankey out of Stanford and UCLA’s Xavier Su’a Filo. Each played guard and tackle in college.

NO COMP PICKS

Also Monday, the league announced the Seahawks would not receive any compensatory draft picks in this year’s draft, and named the league’s performance-based pay leaders.

Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.

Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors. The formula was developed by the NFL Management Council. Not every free agent lost or signed by a club is covered by this formula.

EXTRA PAY FOR PLAY

Sweezy led the Seahawks in performance-based pay for 2013, earning an extra $258,414.01, according to a report released Monday by the NFL.

Performance-based pay is paid out of a league-wide pool, which totaled $110.72 million for 2013, with each team receiving $3.46 million. A player’s portion of his team’s $3.46 million is determined by a formula that takes into account each player’s adjusted compensation — essentially his salary-cap number — and playing time.

Doug Baldwin was second on the team at $181,446.80, followed by Richard Sherman at $198,713.56 and Russell Wilson at $169,141.73.

The Seahawk who received the lowest amount was Percy Harvin, who made a mere $511.13 extra thanks to his playing time percentage of just 1.44 percent and his adjusted compensation of $4,904,375.

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