by Curtis Crabtree
The Seattle Seahawks made their first signing of the off-season outside of the organization agreeing to a one-year deal with DL Jason Jones.
Jones spent his first four seasons with the Tennessee Titans after being selected in the second round out of Eastern Michigan in 2008. Jones compiled nine sacks in his first two seasons as a reserve for the Titans before starting 28 games over the last two seasons.
Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County (Md.) Times reports the deal is worth $4.5 million, fully guaranteed, with $500,000 in possible incentives.
Jones can play both defensive end and defensive tackle making him a versatile asset on the defensive line. Jones will likely be a rotation player with DT Alan Branch at the defensive tackle spot in early downs with the ability to slide out to end and rush the passer in passing situations.
In other free agency news, Sports Radio KJR's Dave "Softy" Mahler reports that free agent QB Matt Flynn left his visit with the Seahawks without getting a contract offer from the team. That doesn't mean he won't ultimately get extended an offer from Seattle, but as of now it hasn't happened.
Flynn is now in Miami for a visit with the Dophins. Peter King of Sports Illistrated opines that a starting opportunity may be more important than who is willing to pay the most.
A pair of Seahawks free agents decided to head south and sign with the San Diego Chargers on Friday. Both QB Charlie Whitehurst and S Atari Bigby agreed to deals with the Chargers.
Whitehurst agreed to a two-year deal to return to San Diego. Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network reports the deal is worth $4 million with a $1 million signing bonus.
Bigby agreed to a two-year, $2.5 million deal according to a report from the Carroll County (Md.) Times. Bigby can earn up to $4.5 million over the deal. Bigby played in a reserve role and on special teams with Seattle last season, recording just eight tackles and a sack in 15 games.
Seattle is expected to host a free agent visit with DB Corey Graham on Sunday according to a report by La Canfora.
Graham made the Pro Bowl in 2011 as a special teams standout for the Chicago Bears. Graham recorded 13 tackles and had three interceptions last season with the Bears. Graham is reportedly drawing interest from five teams and has two other visits scheduled for next week.