Seahawks lose McDonald to Bucs, Schofield to Giants

During the first scrambling day of NFL free agency, Seattle Seahawks role players proved just what kind of money grabs can come following a Super Bowl win.

Take backup rush end/linebacker O’Brien Schofield. He made eight total tackles last season. The New York Giants are going to pay him $8 million over two years to play for them. The Seahawks paid him $630,000 last season.

He wasn’t the only one. Defensive tackle Clinton McDonald signed a reported four-year, $12-million deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He also made $630,000 last season.

McDonald was a solid piece for the Seahawks. He was used to rush the middle on third down and finished with a career-high 5.5 sacks. He also made a career-high 35 tackles last season.

He was one of the Seahawks’ finds. A seventh-round draft pick in 2009 by the Cincinnati Bengals who was traded to the Seahawks in 2011 for cornerback Kelly Jennings, McDonald evolved from a practice squad player to a backup to a player who played 65 percent of the snaps in the Super Bowl. Only two defensive linemen — recently re-signed Michael Bennett and veteran Chris Clemons — were on the field more.

A candidate to replace McDonald is unrestricted free agent defensive tackle Jason Hatcher of the Dallas Cowboys. Hatcher, 31, had a career-high 11 sacks last season for the Cowboys and was expected to meet with the Seahawks on Tuesday night. Hatcher made $2 million last season and is in line for a substantial raise.

For the Seahawks, there were no dramatic incoming moves during the first day of free agency.

Wide receiver Golden Tate became an unrestricted free agent Tuesday at the 1 p.m. deadline. He reportedly visited the Detroit Lions on Tuesday night.

The Seahawks did retain one player, signing backup tight end Anthony McCoy to a one-year deal Tuesday. McCoy tore his Achilles’ tendon last May and missed the season.

He has been rehabilitating and McCoy said he will be ready for fall camp. With third-string tight end Kellen Davis an unrestricted free agent unlikely to be back, it appears McCoy will have a good chance to make the team.

“It’s been a long process,” McCoy said. “It’s been a real difficult process for me. At this point in my rehabilitation process, I feel I am just about there. About ready to go and hit the field. Still have a lot more work to do to get it to where I want it to be.

“I’m dealing with some of the best trainers in the league right now and I know that they are going to have me right come September.”

While McCoy rehabbed, he watched his teammates go on a Super Bowl run. Tuesday, everyone saw just how valuable that can be.

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