The release of starting SS Deon Grant and the re-signing of restricted free-agent DE Daryl Tapp topped off a busy day of Monday moves for the Seahawks on the first day of their offseason conditioning program. Grant, who turned 31 Sunday, started every game in his three seasons with the Seahawks. But with a $4 million salary on the books for 2010, he was deemed expendable. Tapp, cited by new head coach Pete Carroll as a key cog on the team’s defensive line, signed a one-year, $1.176 million deal.
The departure of Grant, who has started 144 consecutive games in his 10 NFL seasons, currently leaves the Seahawks with only Jordan Babineaux and Jamar Adams as the only safeties on the roster, with Lawyer Milloy being an unrestricted free agent.
In other moves, the Seahawks signed free-agent WR Ruvell Martin, who was most recently with the Rams, and released LS Matt Overton and RB Tyler Roehl. Martin, a big target (6-4, 220) with experience as a receiver in a West Coast offense, is familiar with Seahawks GM John Schneider from their time together in Green Bay. Overton apparently lost out to Patrick McDonald in the competition for the team’s long-snapper job.