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Agent: Hawks bring back DT Clinton McDonald

Post by Eric Williams on Sep. 14, 2013 at 11:59 am with 33 Comments »
September 14, 2013 3:36 pm
Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Clinton McDonald (69) sets during an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012 in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam)
Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Clinton McDonald (69) sets during an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012 in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

In search of defensive line help, the Seattle Seahawks brought back a familiar face in defensive tackle Clinton McDonald.

The Seahawks have agreed to terms with McDonald, according to his agents Neil Schartz and Jonathan Feinsod. He’s expected to be available for Sunday’s game against San Francisco.

The University of Memphis product was one of the surprise cuts at the end of exhibition play. However, McDonald was due to make $1.3 million in base salary as a restricted free agent. Seattle’s other restricted free agents, long snapper Clint Gresham and safety Chris Maragos agreed to new contracts at reduced salaries, while McDonald was cut.

UPDATE: The Seahawks officially announced the signing of McDonald. Mike Person was cut from the active roster to make room.

McDonald had been a steady contributor as part of Seattle’s regular rotation at defensive tackle since joining the team in a trade for cornerback Kelly Jennings with Cincinnati during training camp in August 2011.

With defensive tackles Brandon Mebane and Tony McDaniel both nursing injuries, the Seahawks can use some experienced depth up front.

The Seahawks still have to make a roster move to clear a spot on the active roster for McDonald.

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  1. MikeFromNewJersey says:

    I have been pushing for this all week. A solid role player that can provide much needed help at DT. Very smart move by JS and PC.

  2. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Good to see him back. Hopefully not at the expense of a good developing player.

  3. MikeFromNewJersey says:

    We are a team full of young talented players. Somebody is gonna go, don’t lose sleep over this decision considering whoever it is would be an inactive guy anyway. It might be S.Ware, Bailey or Bowie.

  4. tealskin says:

    Hooray! But the decisions keep getting harder.

  5. RDPoulsbo says:

    Huge. Surprised it didn’t happen sooner. As Mike said, with the talent on the roster, good players will have to be cut and McDonald was just one of those guys caught up in the numbers game. Sucks, but he’s back now.

  6. SeventiesHawksFan says:

    Exactly what I was hoping for. Maybe it was just working through the salary particulars, but McDonald being cut (along with Jaye Howard) was one of the most puzzling decisions to me when it came to the initial 53 man roster.

    Given the injury situation along the D Line, lack of depth at DT in particular, and the defense being less than stellar against the run all preseason, this move is most welcome.

    Alan Branch may have not provided the pass rush and push from the interior that we would prefer, but for first and second down I’d rather have players in the mold of Branch than a Jason Jones / Jordan Hill type.

    Of course anyone would choose both in the same player at DT, but those are rare and valuable franchise type players who don’t come around that often.

    And McDaniel was the only player on the roster who seemed likely to fill Branch’s shoes as a run stopper. So having McDonald back in the rotation is rather reassuring.

    If a team can run on you, then they can throw that much easier on you. And when a team be can consistently run on you is perhaps one the most demoralizing things in all of football.

    This now seems the most important roster move since the start of the season. Especially it being right on time for facing SF’s rushing attack.

  7. tealskin says:

    Wonder what factors went into doing this so close to the SF game. Would have been good if he had been here for some practice sessions.

  8. It’s likely McDaniels and Menane are sore after practicing, and Seattle was hoping not to have to IR someone or cut a young player to sign McDonald, but in the end they had to…

    Trust the FO as so many have said before me…

  9. Smart move.

  10. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I can pretty much guess where our free agent signings and draft focus will be next year.
    DT,G,and TE.

  11. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I hope it’s Person that gets cut. It would suck to lose another promising young player like Ware.

  12. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Would love to have this guy playing Sunday.

  13. MikeFromNewJersey says:

    Person got cut so not much of a loss. Georgia you can sleep well tonight.

  14. I wonder if these injuries are hanging on longer because players are not using that stuff that the NFL is gonna test for now(?)

  15. Didn’t SEA just pick up a blocking TE the other day?

  16. montanamike2 says:

    Weird but when i read the link i thought to myself, i hope Person or Baily get cut and not Ware or Coleman.

  17. Dukeshire says:

    This was a good move, but it’s not as though McDonald was terribly disruptive vs SF in previous matchups. But there’s no question they need him now.

  18. C.McDonald isn’t much at pass rush but he can run-stop pretty well…

  19. Dukeshire says:

    At times, that’s true. He has however struggled to hold the point against better guards in the past. SF has terrific guard play.

  20. raymaines says:

    I’ll bet McDonald lost more by not taking the pay cut than he would have by accepting it like Gresham and Maragos did. I don’t think contract terms haven’t been released yet but I’d bet a fresh maple bar he took a big pay cut. Not only that, but he lost a weeks pay and now his contract isn’t guaranteed for more than a week at a time. Lets hope for his sake he stays healthy and productive.

  21. Last season PFF gave C.McDonald a run stop percent of 7.0, which wasn’t great, but middle of the pack. I wonder if OAK’s unsigned R.Seymour would wanna play for less than he was gettin’? I tink he could add some interior pass rush…

  22. Beachhawk says:

    Eric, what is the status of Percy Harvin? Has PC mentioned anything related to his return this year other that what was stated 3 weeks ago?

  23. Dukeshire says:

    Seymour was effective as a DE. Oak moved him to DT out of desperation.

    After watching the coaches film, All 22, can someone please tell me why Okung is incapable of getting in a 3-point stance? He virtually stands straight up at the line for every pass called, and only casually pretends to touch the turf on runs. Breno is in the same stance, 3rd and long aside, regardless of play call. Anyone…?

  24. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Jim Harbaugh, on his relationship with Seattle head coach Pete Carroll:
    “I enjoy his company, very professional relationship. There are a lot of things made out to be what people make them out to be.”


  25. tealskin says:

    Oh no. Don’t tell me we might have to see Jim in a more favorable light. That would turn our whole world-view upside down.

  26. raymaines says:

    No, no, Tealskin. You’re so very wrong. Sports hate has nothing to do with actual fact or logic and that has two implications for the fans. First, we can continue to dump on JH for as long as we want regardless of his relationship with PC, and second, if we change our collective mind about JH then the “reality” changes too and we just have a new world-view, not an upside down old world view.

  27. montanamike2 says:

    I don’t buy the Harbaugh suddenly isn’t a whiny tantrum throwing coach who poaches rookies and accuses his rivals as being cheaters suddenly.

  28. montanamike2 says:
  29. wabubba67 says:

    Going for a two point conversion late in a blow out win over USC, the handshake with Schwartz, how he regularly treats all media members, commenting on the Seahawks and Adderal….these are just some of the reasons why we KNOW Jim Harbaugh is truly a jerk. It’s likely that there are several more reasons that we are unaware of.

  30. princeaden says:

    I wish we had taken a hard look at Desmond Bryant this past free agency. Hindsight is always 20/20. The injury to Jordan and the chance they took on Jesse are really starting to hurt. McDonald get killed last year in SF, with the fake Double team trap play Harbaugh seemed to invent for the Seahawks specifically. His depth will help for this game or 2 but as he’s shown for the last 3 years or so he in not a long time answer even for the depth chart. I just hope we can hold up at the LOS or we could be in for a huge disappointment. I think we will be fine, it’s just a little worrisome.

  31. wabubba67 says:

    …whining about how physical the Seahawks cornerbacks were after a 49er win last year, we know that former players Sherman, Baldwin, and Robinson can’t stand their former coach.

  32. raymaines says:

    So, ya’ll are saying a leopard doesn’t change it’s spots?

    Well damn, there goes that theory.

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