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Category: NFL free agency

April
19th

Hawks re-sign K Hauschka

The Seattle Seahawks announced this afternoon that they have re-signed kicker Steven Hauschka.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Hauschka, 27, joined Seattle after being claimed off waivers (Denver) on Sept. 4, 2011. He converted 49 of 57 field goals (86 percent) and 80 of 82 extra points, with a long of 52 in his two seasons with the Seahawks.

In 2012, Hauschka made 24 of 27 field goals for a career-high 118 points, and set the franchise-record with 14 consecutive games with a made field goal, from Oct. 9, 2011 to Sept. 16, 2012.

Hauschka will compete with Purdue product Carson Wiggs for Seattle’s kicking job.

April
12th

Winfield expected to sign with Seahawks

First reported by ESPN’s Josina Anderson, Minnesota free agent defensive back Antoine Winfield reportedly has agreed to a one-year deal to become a Seattle Seahawk.

The Seahawks have not confirmed this report. Winfield, who turns 36 in June, visited with the Seahawks earlier this week, and reportedly decided between returning to Minnesota, signing with Seattle or Washington in free agency.

“It was a very tough decision for me because of the relationships that I have in Minnesota,” Winfield told Anderson. “I’ve been there nine years. I’ve had some really great coaches, teammates and fans there. I’m very grateful to the Vikings organization for my experience.”

Winfield also visited Washington. The Vikings released Winfield last month because he was due to make move than $7 million in base salary, but head coach Leslie Frazier wanted the veteran defensive back to return to the team.

With Seattle already settled at cornerback with Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman, the 5-9, 180-pound Winfield likely will be a nickel cornerback on passing situations.

April
10th

Report: Antoine Winfield close to agreement with Seahawks

ESPN’s Ed Werder reports that veteran free agent cornerback Antoine Winfield is close to agreeing to contract terms wit the Seattle Seahawks.

Winfield, who turns 36 in June, visited the team’s facility on Tuesday. If Seattle did reach an agreement with Winfield, he likely would compete with Walter Thurmond and Will Blackmon for the team’s nickel cornerback position.

The addition of Winfield also would mean that Seattle probably would not bring back veteran Marcus Trufant.

However, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com is reporting that the Minnesota Vikings, Winfield’s former team, is making a late push, and the veteran corner is weighing the two offers.

Winfield was released by Minnesota last month, and visited with Washington last week.

April
9th

Seahawks expected to pursue signing of QB Brady Quinn

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn (9) looks to pass during an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, in Kansas City, MO. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn (9) looks to pass during an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, in Kansas City, MO. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

It appears that Brady Quinn is the winner of the four-man audition to compete for the reserve quarterback role on the Seattle Seahawks roster.

ESPN’s Ed Werder reports that Seattle was most impressed with Quinn after Monday’s workout, and hope to reach an agreement with the former first round pick.

The Seahawks have not confirmed this report.

Seattle had Quinn, Matt Leinart, Tyler Thigpen and Seneca Wallace all in for a throwing session and physical on Monday. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Wallace is scheduled to work out for the Oakland Raiders on Wednesday.

Quinn, 28, served as the backup for Matt Cassel in 2012, starting eight games last season and finishing 1-7 as a starter. For his career, the 6-foot-4, 232-pounder out of Notre Dame is 4-16 as a starter in the NFL.

However, Brady is strong-armed, athletic and familiar with the West Coast offense. He worked under the tutelage of former Seattle quarterback Jim Zorn while in Kansas City.

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April
7th

Report: Leinart, Quinn scheduled for VMAC workouts

Houston Texans quarterback Matt Leinart. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Houston Texans quarterback Matt Leinart. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Mike Garafolo of USA Today reports that free agent quarterbacks Matt Leinart, Brady Quinn, Seneca Wallace and Tyler Thigpen are scheduled to workout for the Seattle Seahawks at the team’s Renton headquarters early this week.

The Seahawks have not confirmed this report.

With Matt Flynn traded to Oakland last week, the Seahawks are looking for another player to add to the competition for the backup quarterback position, with Josh Portis re-signed last week.

Leinart has been linked to Seattle in the past because he starred for Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll for the Trojans. Thigpen and Wallace make some sense because of their ability to run the read-option offense.

March
27th

Report: Alan Branch fires agent

Seattle Seahawks' Alan Branch (99) reacts after recovering a Carolina Panthers fumble as Carolina Panthers' Jonathan Stewart (28) walks off during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. The Seahawks won 16-12. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
Seattle Seahawks’ Alan Branch (99) reacts after recovering a Carolina Panthers fumble as Carolina Panthers’ Jonathan Stewart (28) walks off during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. The Seahawks won 16-12. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, Seattle Seahawks free agent defensive tackle Alan Branch has fired his agent, CAA.

Per the report, CAA waived its five-day waiting period, allowing Branch’s new agent Blake Baratz to immediately begin negotiating with NFL teams.

Branch, 28, did not miss a game last season for the Seahawks, finishing with 29 tackles and a sack during the regular season. The University of Michigan product was considered one of the more productive defensive tackles available entering free agency. However, a soft market appears to have resulted in a decrease in the 28-year-old’s value. Florio expects the Jaguars, where former Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley begins his first year as Jacksonville’s head coach, to show interest in Branch.

The Seahawks still could use a run-stuffing defensive tackle, but for now Michael Bennett is projected to fill that role for Seattle.

“You have to analyze your draft board, see where you’re at, see which players you think will be available and how much emphasis you need to put on different positions in free agency,” said Seahawks general manager John Schneider said, when asked about the possibility of Branch returning to Seattle. “Regarding Alan specifically, he did a great job here. We’ve been in contact with his people. Our coaching staff has been talking to him and we’ll see where that negotiation goes.”

March
21st

Report: DT Tony McDaniel visiting Seattle

Tony McDaniel

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Seattle Seahawks are bringing in Miami Dolphins free agent defensive tackle Tony McDaniel in for a visit today, as the team switches focus to the draft and the secondary market in free agency.

The Seahawks have not confirmed the report.

At 6-7 and 305 pounds, McDaniel fits the height and size ratio the Seahawks are looking for in a run-stuffing defensive tackle to possibly replace Alan Branch inside. McDaniel, 28, finished with 11 tackles and half a sack for the Dolphins in 2012 as a rotational guy along the defensive line.

McDaniel played on passing downs and in short-yardage situations for Miami.

McDaniel played in just 11 games last season because of a fractured hand and a nagging knee issue. A University of Tennessee product, McDaniel started his career with Jacksonville, playing three seasons with the Jags before being traded to the Dolphins in 2009.

McDaniel also received the Ed Block courage award from the Dolphins in 2012 for playing through an uncomfortable right knee injury.

Check out this video interview with McDaniel below to learn more about him as a person.