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Free agency 2017: Seahawks sign ex-Buccaneers safety Bradley McDougald

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The Seattle Seahawks have signed former Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Bradley McDougald to a one-year, $2 million deal, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. This acquisition provides Seattle with some much-needed secondary depth, and given the fact that McDougald has experience playing at SS, FS, and CB, he’s definitely versatile.

The 26-year-old UDFA out of Kansas has played his last four seasons in Tampa, starting every game in the 2016 season. In addition to his career-high 91 tackles, he recorded 10 passes defensed and a pair of interceptions. One of those interceptions came against Russell Wilson, who misfired throwing to Tyler Lockett late in the final quarter, and McDougald was on hand to grab the ball and seal Tampa Bay’s 14-5 win over the Seahawks.

McDougald’s primary role with the Bucs has been at free safety, so this could be an indication that the Seahawks are not going to re-sign free agent Steven Terrell, who struggled mightily in place of the injured Earl Thomas. It’s also worth keeping in mind that backup strong safety Kelcie McCray is also an UFA, but unlike Terrell, I assume most Seahawks fans would want McCray to stay (hey, that rhymes!) given how he’s performed whenever he’s been called upon to replace Kam Chancellor.