A month after the Seattle Seahawks slapped an original-round tender on defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson, the big man has reportedly signed that offer to remain with the team.
Tom Pelissero reports that Jefferson has signed the restricted free agent tender, which is one-year, $2.025 million for the former fifth-round pick.
Jefferson was drafted by Seattle in 2016, but found himself on injured reserve after hurting his knee early in the season. The Seahawks waived him prior to the start of the 2017 regular season. He was picked up by the Los Angeles Rams and was there for about 3 minutes, then was brought back by Seattle later that season.
Last season, Jefferson appeared in every game and started a dozen of them. He racked up three sacks, five TFLs, two passes defensed, a fumble recovery, and 25 tackles. The 26-year-old has become a regular part of Seattle’s defensive line rotation, so it’s a welcome sight to see that he’s been re-signed.
The Seahawks also notably gave tackle and fellow RFA George Fant a second-round tender, worth $3.095 million. He has not signed that tender yet, although with Seattle’s offseason workout program underway, you can probably expect news of Fant’s signing to follow suit.
This Quinton Jefferson news was obviously the contract update you all were desperately wanting to hear about on April 15th. Hopefully this calms some nerves.