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Seahawks connected to free agent defensive tackle Marcell Dareus

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Despite the Seahawks having started training camp, there has seemingly been a trio of moves, anticipated for months, yet to happen. The Antonio Brown-Josh Gordon debate has raged on, likely to continue until one is signed. Jadeveon Clowney’s free agency has been tracked at every (non) update. Then there’s the long-awaited addition of a veteran defensive tackle, to replace the departed Al Woods.

Nearly every season, Seattle makes a low-key signing at defensive tackle only to get steady production out of that player. Woods, Tony McDaniel, Ahtyba Rubin, Junior Siavii, Colin Cole, Alan Branch, Jason Jones, and Kevin Williams have all come in at a low cost and provided the Seahawks with valuable snaps inside. That signing has yet to happen in 2020, but it likely will in the coming weeks.

The big names on the market—Damon Harrison, Mike Daniels, and Timmy Jernigan—have been loosely connected to the team, but no concrete interest yet. On Friday, another notable name emerged as a possibility, courtesy of Adam Caplan: former Bills and Jaguars tackle Marcell Dareus.

Dareus, 30, spent the last two-and-a-half seasons in Jacksonville, after spending the first seven-and-a-half seasons of his career in Buffalo. In 2015, Dareus signed a massive six-year extension with the Bills worth $100 million, on the heels of a 10-sack campaign. His single-season high since that extension is just 3.5, as he has become much more one-dimensional in recent years.

In February, the Jaguars elected not to pick up Dareus’s option for the 2020 season, which would have guaranteed him nearly $20 million. Since he hit the open market, there has been little interest from teams, though some anticipated a return to Jacksonville following Woods’ decision to opt-out. That has yet to happen and now, it appears Seattle could strike and effectively swap Woods for Dareus.