The Seahawks have re-signed free agent defensive lineman DeMarcus Dobbs to a one-year deal, according to a tweet by his agent. It's another in a series of moves by the Seattle front office to bolster the depth on their defensive front, and it follows the signing of Ahtyba Rubin and the re-signing of Jesse Williams, Greg Scruggs, and D'Anthony Smith. The Seahawks' defensive line group suddenly looks pretty crowded going into the Draft, which is the type of competitive atmosphere that Pete Carroll likes to create.
Dobbs is a 6'2, 282 pound defensive end/defensive tackle hybrid out of Georgia who was signed by the Niners in 2011 as an undrafted free agent. He played defensive end in their 3-4 a primary backup to Justin Smith's before being released from San Francisco, and even spent some time on the offensive side of the ball at tight end for them. Importantly, Dobbs is a very strong special teams contributor and I'm guessing this is a big factor in the decision to bring him back. He can play inside or outside, offers upside as an athlete, and he has a lot of playing experience.
Prior to being released by the Niners, according to Matt Barrows, Dobbs "had been Justin Smith's primary backup at right defensive end and he also had been part of the team's coverage and return units on special teams. He had played well behind Smith this year, but the team simply has more invested in (Quinton) Dial and (Tank) Carradine." The move to release him preceded Aldon Smith returning to the roster.