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By PFW staff

The Seahawks have re-signed DE Red Bryant, one of their top priorities this offseason, NFL Network's Michael Lombardi first reported.

The team confirmed the signing and announced it also had signed LB/special-teams player Heath Farwell.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Bryant's deal is a five-year contract worth $35 million, with $14.5 million guaranteed.

Bryant, who was ranked No. 46 on PFW's list of the top 100 free agents, had a breakthrough campaign in 2011. He started all 16 games for the first time in his career and had 32 tackles, a sack and two interceptions (one returned for a touchdown).

The way we see it

At the recent Scouting Combine, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll couldn't say enough good things about Bryant, who he said sets the tone on the field, as well as in the locker room. Enhancing Bryant's value is the fact he finished with three blocked FGs and a blocked extra point.

The converted tackle probably has more value to the Hawks than to other teams around the league. He is not much of a pass rusher, but he fits Seattle's scheme very well. Bryant's deal also doesn't seem so costly that it would keep the Seahawks from pursuing Mario Williams in free agency, as has been widely rumored.

 

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