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NFL Free Agency Tracker: CB Antwaun Molden, G Deuce Lutui Visit Hawks

Antwaun Molden #27 of the New England Patriots intercepts a pass in front of DeSean Jackson.
Antwaun Molden #27 of the New England Patriots intercepts a pass in front of DeSean Jackson.

As you probably saw a couple of days ago, the Seahawks hosted G Deuce Lutui, a former USC Trojan and Arizona Cardinal. As you saw on Thomas' fanpost, Lutui, a former 2nd round pick by the Cardinals in 2006 - was brought in by the Bengals last year but failed his physical due to being overweight. He then re-signed in Arizona on a one-year deal and played sparingly. His main position is at right guard but I can only believe the Seahawks brought him in for a visit with offensive line depth in mind. If he's lost some weight and in shape enough to play, having a skilled veteran backing up John Moffitt and Paul McQuistan is never a bad thing. Also, the left guard position is anything but settled now that Robert Gallery is gone, so I suppose this could be a 'competition' type of acquisition if it goes through. He was here last week on Monday, but we still haven't heard anything on it since.

The Seahawks also have 'expressed interest' in veteran G Eric Steinbach - a fixture on Cleveland's offensive line for the past nine seasons. Steinbach, 31, has started every game he's appeared in for the Browns over the last six seasons and has only missed two games in that time. He's 6'6, 295. As Thomas notes below - the Seahawks appear to be "guard hunting."

Also visiting Seattle, today, I believe, is former Patriots CB Antwaun Molden. Molden is a former third round pick by the Texans in the 2008 Draft. He's 6'1, 200 pounds and after battling some injuries in Houston, he was waived in 2010. He was claimed by the Patriots that year and played in 16 games last season - starting two - and was described by New England Patriots's Doug Kyed as "a tall, speedy CB, [that] struggled big time down the stretch for the Pats, might fit the Seahawks better though. Out of position a lot." Also per Kyed, Molden came in in the Patriots nickel packages and played outside. I'm not sure what the Seahawks have in mind for him - whether it's as depth on the outside or as a potential nickel slot cornerback - but one more visit to keep an eye on. If I had to guess - and Kyed speculated this as well - Molden is more of a backup outside option and the Hawks will look to see if he could have more success in their predominantly man-press system.

Other notes:

-- It's not looking like DE Dave Tollefson is a real option for Seattle at this point. He made a quick visit here a few weeks ago but has since been to several teams, most recently the Raiders, and apparently that's where he wants to sign. He told the press, "I'm sure the Raiders don't want me going to Tennessee. So, I hope something gets worked out beforehand."

-- Australia born rugby player Hayden Smith has signed with the Jets. The 6'6, 265 pound former basketball and rugby player had received a little interest from the Seahawks but didn't make a visit out here, as far as I know. He'll play tight end in New York, apparently.