Hawks sign D-lineman, while quarterback Flynn visits Miami

2012-03-17T22:00:00Z 2012-04-24T13:47:47Z Hawks sign D-lineman, while quarterback Flynn visits MiamiBy Danny O'Nei / The Seattle Times Longview Daily News
March 17, 2012 10:00 pm  • 

The Seahawks made their first addition of free agency on Saturday morning, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal with defensive lineman Jason Jones of the Tennessee Titans.

That didn't answer the question of quarterback, though, as Green Bay quarterback Matt Flynn left Seattle on Friday evening after visiting with the Seahawks and arrived in Miami.

That's not a shocker. Flynn had always planned to visit the Dolphins before making a decision on his future, but the fact he's in South Florida certainly reduces the chances he will wind up in the Pacific Northwest.

Miami is feeling plenty of pressure right about now. The Dolphins have been turned down by Peyton Manning, they've got an aggressive owner in Stephen Ross who wants to generate some buzz, and they've got a new coach in Joe Philbin who worked with Flynn the past four years as Green Bay's offensive coordinator.

The bottom line is Miami appears positioned to make a bigger, better offer to Flynn than Seattle. The Seahawks seem to see Flynn more as a quarterback with potential who could compete with Tarvaris Jackson as opposed to someone who would be installed as the franchise quarterback on day one.

Meanwhile, the Seahawks added Jones, a former second-round pick who started 28 games the past two seasons.

Through the first four days of the free-agent signing period, Seattle was one of eight teams in the league that had not agreed to terms with an unrestricted free agent from another team. That changed with Jones' addition.

Jones had visited St. Louis before coming to Seattle, but when the Rams reached an agreement with Kendall Langford of Miami, it was pretty clear Jones wasn't going to wind up a Ram.

Terms were not announced, but it's believed the deal will total more than $4 million. It's a similar deal -- though shorter -- to Seattle's signing of Alan Branch from Arizona last year. Branch was also a second-round pick, and he signed a two-year deal worth about $8 million. He played well in his first season as a Seahawk.

Jones, 25, is 6 feet 5 and weighs 276 pounds. He attended Eastern Michigan and will add depth and versatility to Seattle's defensive line. While he played defensive end last season in Tennessee, that was out of necessity. Expect him to play defensive tackle in Seattle, working at the three-technique spot where Branch was the starter last year. The Seahawks could also try him at the defensive-end spot where Red Bryant starts, the so-called five-technique.

Seattle's emphasis this offseason was to improve its pass rush, and while Jones is certainly not a quick-twitch edge rusher, he might provide inside pressure. Seattle had a great deal of success using Raheem Brock in a variety of spots in 2010 when the veteran had nine sacks, but his production tailed off last season.

The Seahawks had been very active the first four days of NFL free agency, but that was mostly about keeping their own. Seattle re-signed four of its own players to multiyear contracts: Bryant, linebacker Heath Farwell, offensive lineman Paul McQuistan and fullback Michael Robinson.

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