Seahawks To Sign Tony McDaniel

The Seahawks will reunite with a familiar face, as they’ve agreed to sign defensive tackle Tony McDaniel, according to a tweet from his representatives at DEC Management. McDaniel played for Seattle from 2013-14 before being released last fall, and worked out for the club earlier today, per Sheil Kapadia of

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During his time with the Seahawks, McDaniel was a full-time starter in the middle of the team’s defensive line, starting 29 contests during that stretch. He played on 413 snaps in 2014, posting 17 tackles, but didn’t grade too well according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), which ranked McDaniel as a bottom-10 defensive tackle. In Tampa, McDaniel was more a rotational lineman, as he started only three games and played on roughly a quarter of the club’s defensive snaps.

McDaniel, 31, could face an uphill battle to earn playing time, or even a roster, spot with the Seahawks, who have added enviable depth in the middle over the offseason. The club re-signed Ahtyba Rubin, spent a second-round pick on Jarran Reed, and signed Sealver Siliga after he was non-tendered by the Patriots. And with Jordan Hill still around, McDaniel might not be able to play his way onto the roster over the next several weeks.

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  1. Bruce Cook

    He will make the roster, because Jordan Hill’s days are numbered. He’s made of glass, which is unfortunate because he has potential. Either way, I’m looking forward the regular season!!!

  2. Scumdog0666

    Honestly it can go so many different ways at this point with the Dline. It’s very hard to see how this is going to pan out. remember when McDaniel was here he played the 3 tech next to mebane. Jefferson is a 3 tech, Rubin is a 3 tech, and maybe even Reed is a 3 tech. Reed had a very inconsistent outing against the Chiefs at the nose to say the least. Made a couple plays but the Chiefs pretty much ran on the Hawks at will. They will not keep three 3 techs. They need to find a nose tackle quick or reed needs to take control of that position. They are going against a very stout run game from Minnesota on Thursday for another tough test. Hill is not a nose plus he has proven to be very injury prone. Sounds like Silga is going to miss time as well. I remember when Bane tore his hamstring and Kevin Williams had to fill in. He was a former all-pro 3 tech and it took him a couple weeks to get used to the switch. All I’m saying is it looks like they have 4 or 5 dogs at the 3 and nothing at nose. They usually keep one nose, one nickle big man and two 3 techniques for the interior. #74 Justin Hamilton was playing pretty well at the end of the game at the nose and was consistently pushing back the Chiefs center. I know it’s the 3rd stringers but I hope he gets a shot at playing time because he was the only one who slightly resembled Bane in any fashion that game. Food for thought.


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