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Hawks sign defensive tackles Branch, Siavii

Post by Eric Williams on July 28, 2011 at 10:13 pm with 17 Comments »
July 28, 2011 10:14 pm

The Seattle Seahawks must have looked at the lack of depth in the interior line during workouts today, and the fact they haven’t been able to get a deal done to bring back Brandon Mebane in free agency, and figured they needed to do something.

First reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, I can confirm the Seahawks have signed former Arizona defensive lineman Alan Branch. Schefter reports that it’s a two-year, $8 million deal.

The Seahawks also will bring back defensive tackle Junior Siavii. The Oregon product was productive up front for Seattle, starting six games at both defensive tackle and defensive end. Siavii finished with 30 total tackles, three quarterback hurries and two pass deflections. However, he finished the season on the

These moves do not mean the Seahawks will not bring back Mebane in free agency. Discussions between the two sides continue, and a deal could be consummated on Friday.

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  1. freedom_X says:

    That seems like a lot of money for Branch, whom the Cardinals cut loose. Branch does have huge physical potential, but is an underachiever, which is why I say that’s a lot of money. Hopefully Branch’s lack of production in Arizona was due to him being a bad fit there.

    Without Dan Quinn there this year, I wonder if we’ll get as good a performance from the D-line as we did last year (before the injuries hit, the D-line was really overachieving given the spare-part talent it was assembled with.)

  2. williambryan says:

    i imagine he will not hurt the cap next year if he doesnt pan out. We have to remember that the hawks NEED to spend a lot of money, so it’s not really a surprise that some guys might get a “little” more than other teams are offering. if my logic is correct, then hopefully Mebane should get more from Seattle than anywhere else and hopefully that will keep him here.

  3. Can you believe the Tardinals traded DR-C AND a 2nd rounder for Kolb????

    Here’s hoping he’s a MAJOR bust. I think he will just be a slightly above-average QB. Doesn’t have the tools the Tardinals used to have either. No more Boldin or Breaston.

  4. The hawks don’t NEED to spend a lot of money on individual players. The reason they have a bunch of money under the Cap is that have a million openings. It’s not like they have 30 million bucks to spend with 4 openings on the team.

    Just get Mebane signed and also talk to like every DE/DT who will answer the phone. get in negotiations and start talking to anyone and everyone who will listen

    Just a thought

  5. Soggybuc says:

    well if we use Balmer as the bar of measurement as long as Branch can suck less than that it’s an upgrade.
    Im OK with them bringing Siavii back. he played OK until the injury. nothing flashy but a good depth guy.

  6. Branch is a very intriguing prospect for the 5-tech position! If things go well for him in training camp, he should be Red Bryant’s backup.

    The Cardinals played Branch at DT, but like most tall guys (6’6″) he can’t stay low and play with the leverage a DT needs. Red Bryant had the same kind of problems at DT before Gus Bradley moved him out to LDE where he could use his height to his advantage. Branch could be great fit there as well. Considering Bryant’s frequent injuries, Branch could fill a huge need. I like the signing.

  7. Dukeshire says:

    I agree with Soggy, I thought Siavii played fairly well at NT and he’s a solid guy in the fold. Balmer however… the sooner they release him the better this defense becomes. IMO, he underwhelmed in every way the 49ers said he did there.

  8. Okoye was let go by Houston, he is a young DT, worth a look.

  9. grizindabox24 says:

    Had not seen that Okoye was released, just that his agent could look for a trade

  10. Ewalters7354 says:

    Amobi Okoya never panned out like Houston thought he would.He would be a good signing to be a backup 3 tech.Haven’t seen enough for me to think of him as a starter.Hell we just need Brandon to forgive the Hawks and resign.

    Alan Branch is a real good pickup.He’s nasty and hella strong.I wanted us to draft him the year he came out.Big clogger that can eat up space.U also think he’ll be good at 5 tech.Besides he played

  11. Ewalters7354 says:

    5 tech for the Cards.So he has familiarity with the position.

  12. The Eagles just released Leonard Weaver.

  13. SeahawkFan12 says:

    Wouldn’t mind having Weaver back. Seems like he played pretty well in Philly, and I always like him here.

  14. seahawk44 says:

    For what does Mebane have to forgive the Seahawks? He said he would like to play here. Accept the offer and get to practice.

  15. Ewalters7354 says:

    Leonard Weaver would def be welcomed back by fans.But I don’t think the Hawks are interested.He doesn’t fit our style of play.The only reason I believe we brought Mike Robinson back is because he is so good on special teams.I can see Weaver going to the Saints.

  16. Ewalters7354 says:

    Seahawk44,that’s what they all say lol

  17. Forgive me, but I’m skeptical about the signing of anyone named Branch. :-)

    Remember when The Boz signed an amazing $11 million contract over 10 years. These days, backups are getting $4 million per year! And ticket prices continue to soar.

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