Seattle Seahawks

Seahawks dip toe into free-agent pool

The Seattle Seahawks added a pass-catching tight end in their first dabbling in free agency this offseason, with the team and free-agent tight end Chris Baker agreeing to a two-year deal on Saturday.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. However, according to ESPN.com, Baker has agreed to a two year, $4.75 million deal, and will make $2.75 million in 2010.

Baker, 30, is in his eighth season in the league. He had 14 receptions for 142 yards and two touchdowns as New England’s backup tight end in 2009. Before that, Baker played for seven seasons with the N.Y. Jets, and has started 58 games during his NFL career. Baker had a career-high 41 catches for the Jets in 2007.

Baker is familiar face for Seahawks offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates, who served as the Jets quarterbacks coach in 2005 when Baker was there.

John Carlson is Seattle’s starting tight end, so the addition of Baker gives Seattle another target for Bates, who likes to use two-tight-end sets in passing situations.

During Bates’ play-calling days in Denver in 2008, tight ends Tony Scheffler (40) and Daniel Graham (32) combined for 72 receptions.

Also, according to the Arizona Republic, the Cardinals and the Seahawks are in discussions with San Diego restricted free-agent quarterback Charlie Whitehurst.

The Chargers tendered Whitehurst at his original third-round position, so the Hawks or Cardinals would have to give up a third-round pick from this year’s draft as compensation if they sign him to an offer sheet.

The Cardinals have two, third-rounders, but the Seahawks have none and would have to work out a trade.

The Cardinals are seeking a quarterback to compete for the starting job along with Matt Leinart; the Seahawks want a backup to Matt Hasselbeck after trading Seneca Wallace to Cleveland.

Delhomme surfaces

Jake Delhomme has a new NFL home, and the Cleveland Browns have another new quarterback.

Delhomme, released last week by the Carolina Panthers, has agreed to terms on a two-year deal with the Browns, whose quarterback position has been nothing short of a merry-go-round of players since the club returned as an expansion team 11 years ago.

Delhomme’s agent, Rick Smith, said the 35-year-old would sign his contract before the club’s offseason conditioning program begins. Smith refused to comment beyond saying Delhomme would be resuming his career in Cleveland.

Cleveland has been busy trying to resolve a troublesome position. Earlier this week, the Browns acquired backup Seneca Wallace and released Derek Anderson, a one-time Pro Bowl selection who has struggled in the past two seasons.

Delhomme is expected to compete for Cleveland’s starting job with Brady Quinn.

Extra points

Free-agent center Kevin Mawae was unanimously re-elected as president of the NFL Players Association during the union’s board of player representatives meeting in Wailea, Hawaii. … Offensive lineman Will Montgomery, a restricted free agent, has re-signed with the Washington Redskins.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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