A familiar face is reportedly returning to Seattle.
ESPN’s Brady Henderson reported on Thursday that the Seahawks have signed Cassius Marsh to a one-year contract. Marsh was released by the San Francisco 49ers last month after they traded for Dee Ford.
The 26-year-old Marsh was drafted by Seattle as a fourth-round pick in 2014, but didn’t really see his playing time on defense increase significantly until 2016. That proved to be his best season with the team, recording three sacks, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. Marsh was also a regular special teams contributor, which included a blocked field goal against the Miami Dolphins to begin the 2016 regular season.
Seattle traded Marsh to the New England Patriots for fifth- and seventh-round picks in 2017, but Marsh found himself both out of place on the roster and not enjoying his time there. New England waived him midseason and he was picked up by the 49ers.
Last season, Marsh appeared in all 16 games, starting three of them, and he had a career-high 5.5 sacks, 38 tackles, and 14 QB hits. He shined in a primetime game against the Oakland Raiders, sacking Derek Carr 2.5 times.
This is cheap pass-rushing depth (for the time being) and someone who knows the Seahawks’ defensive system. In case you’re wondering, because he was released by the 49ers, Marsh doesn’t count against Seattle’s comp pick total.