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Ahtyba Rubin to visit Seahawks

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Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The Seahawks will host veteran free agent defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin, according to Ian Rapoport. The Seahawks have a few spots to fill on their defensive line, including that vacated by Kevin Williams, who is a free agent. Rubin is a 6'2, 325 pound defensive tackle in 8th year out of Iowa State. The Browns drafted in the sixth round in 2008 and he just finished out his second contract, a 4 year, $26.5 million contract that he played all the way through, a seemingly rare feat in this day in age.

According to Chris Pokorny over at Dawgs by Nature, Rubin is not at the top of the Browns' list of players to re-sign and his 2014 season was his worst as a pro.

Per Pokorny,

I never quite understood the decision to make him the nose tackle over Phil Taylor at the beginning of the year. Rubin was ineffective, finishing the year with 28 tackles and 1 sack. You don't expect big-time stats from the nose tackle position, but anyone who watched the Browns' defensive line in 2014 knows how easily the opposition was able to run the ball. The coaching staff kept hinting that Rubin was playing through a nagging injury all season, hence the reason for his struggles.

He was known for his hustle and effort early on in his career, and I don't think he fit the 3-4 defense nearly as well. He's missed eight games due to injury over the past three years and is approaching 30 years of age.

Rubin would likely be a depth signing for the Seahawks, a veteran that can come in and play at the nose tackle or three-technique under tackle spot and plug the run. He had a down year in 2014 so his market should be relatively weak, and he's still only 28 years old. The Patriots have been reportedly interested in him as well.