The Seahawks have gotten a visit from free agent Shamar Stephen as their quest to find interior players on the defensive line continues.
The Seahawks have hosted free agent defensive tackle Shamar Stephen for a visit, according to the official NFL visits list as reported by Howard Balzer.
The 27-year-old started all 16 games for the Vikings in 2016 but just one last season when Tom Johnson became the Vikings’ other starting tackle alongside Linval Joseph.
Johnson has also visited the Seahawks as a free agent.
Stephen is listed at 6-5, 309 and was originally a seventh-round pick out of UConn in 2014.
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Seattle continues to pursue defensive linemen and particularly tackles after seeing Sheldon Richardson sign with the Vikings. Seattle also earlier had Quinton Dial and Bennie Logan in for visits, as well.
The Seahawks have also been rumored among the teams interested in Ndamukong Suh. Suh was scheduled to have a visit with the Raiders on Wednesday but that was then reportedly canceled, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, with reports that he is mulling over whether to sign with the Rams, Saints or Titans — the three teams he has visited. And all of which seems to rule out a signing with Seattle, as maybe evidenced by the Seahawks having brought in three other DTs just this week in Logan, Johnson and Stephen.
Stephen was rated by Pro Football Focus 15h of the 28 top free agent defensive tackles available in run-stop and 18th of 20 that it rated in pass-rush productivity.
The Seahawks currently have just three players listed as defensive tackles on their roster who are under contract for 2018 — Jarran Reed, Nazair Jones and Malik McDowell. But McDowell’s future remains murky after missing his rookie season after suffering a concussion, among other injuries, in an ATV accident in July.