By John Boyle
Welcome to Day 2 of free agency, which kicked off early Wednesday with news that safety Chris Maragos has signed with the Philadelphia Eagles. Maragos was a special teams standout in Seattle, but saw very little playing time on defense as the backup to Earl Thomas, who isn’t just one of the best safeties in the NFL, but one of the most durable. While nobody can truly replace Thomas, Maragos was the closest thing as Seattle’s backup free safety, so while the Seahawks have safety depth in the form of Jeron Johnson and DeShawn Shead, finding a backup free safety could be a target for Seattle in the later rounds of the draft.
I’ll update moves throughout the day below:
Seahawks free agents leaving: DT Clinton McDonald signed with Tampa Bay on Tuesday, while LB/DE O’Brien Schofield signed with the New York Giants. S Chris Maragos signed with Philadelphia Tuesday. WR Golden Tate signed with Detroit Wednesday. Starting right tackle Breno Giacomini agreed to a deal with the New York Jets Wednesday evening, the team announced.
Seahawks free agents staying: DE Michael Bennett re-signed Monday, TE Anthony McCoy re-signed Tuesday. Starting DT Tony McDaniel has agreed to a two-year deal worth $6.3 million accoding to multiple reports. Backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson wrote on Twitter late Wednesday night that he is coming back.
New free agent signings: The Seahawks have agreed to terms on a deal with free agent WR Taylor Price, a third-round pick in 2010 who has missed the last two seasons with foot injury. Price has a lot of athletic upside, but little production in his NFL career.
Cap casualties: DE Chris Clemons was released Wednesday in a move that had been expected. DE Red Bryant was released earlier this month and has since signed with Jacksonville. WR Sidney Rice was released at the same time and remains unsigned.
Reports, rumors, visits, etc.: Vikings DE Jared Allen, Cowboys DT Jason Hatcher and Packers TE Jermichael Finley are all scheduled to visit Seattle. Seahawks CB Walter Thurmond is visiting the Jaguars. CB Brandon Browner is reportedly taking his first free agency visit to New England.