The Seahawks have reportedly signed free agent defensive lineman Tavaris Barnes, recently released by the New Orleans Saints.
Barnes made the New Orleans roster last year as an undrafted rookie free agent, playing in 12 games and making five tackles in 131 snaps.
Barnes played at Clemson and has played largely three-technique tackle and defensive end in his career.
Seattle has been known looking to add defensive line depth and has had several players in for visits and/or workouts in recent days continuing to try to add players at a spot where the depth has taken a little hit in the off-season, specifically with the loss of Brandon Mebane in free agency (though Barnes doesn’t appear a direct fit for the nose tackle spot).
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The Seahawks are also thought likely to add defensive linemen in the draft and the acquisition of Barnes wouldn’t necessarily seem to impact those plans, at least not at the top of the draft.
Prior to the draft last year it was reported some teams thought the 6-3, 269-pounder Barnes could be a fit as a strongside linebacker, and it would be interesting to see if Seattle might also view him as a possible candidate at that spot, where Seattle is looking for a replacement for Bruce Irvin.