Safety Jordan Babineaux leaves for Tennessee, where he'll sign a one-year contract.

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RENTON — The Seahawks lost another of their longest-tenured players as safety Jordan Babineaux left for Tennessee, where he’ll sign a one-year contract.

That’s not surprising, given the exodus of Seahawk veterans.

Seattle did bring back one veteran, though, agreeing to re-sign Raheem Brock to a one-year contract. Brock, 33, was signed by Seattle eight days before the 2010 season started, and he finished the season with a career-high nine sacks. That ranked No. 2 on the team.

The Seahawks had 22 players entering unrestricted free agency this year, and Brock is the seventh one the team re-signed. Babineaux is the fifth of the team’s free agents to sign elsewhere.

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Babineaux, 28, attended Southern Arkansas and made the Seahawks as an undrafted rookie in 2004. He became the team’s nickel back in 2005 and earned himself a reputation and a nickname: “Big Play Babs.”

He intercepted a pass from Drew Bledsoe in the final minute of Seattle’s comeback victory over Dallas in October 2005. The next season, he preserved Seattle’s playoff victory over the Cowboys, tackling quarterback Tony Romo from behind after Romo had bobbled the snap on a potential game-winning field-goal attempt.

Babineaux was released by Seattle at final training-camp cuts last year, but re-signed before the first game last season.

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