The Seahawks have shown interest in free agent defensive tackle Nick Hayden, according to multiple reports.
Hayden played for the veteran minimum of $745,000 last season and likely would again come with a cheap, low-risk deal for Seattle. If signed, he could help fill the void created by the loss of Brandon Mebane to the Chargers as well as possibly play some three-technique defensive tackle.
The 30-year-old from Wisconsin also played three years with Carolina and another with Cincinnati.
The Seahawks also signed Sealver Siliga in March to help replace Mebane and Seattle has been thought likely also to look to draft a defensive lineman with at least one of the nine picks it has in this week’s NFL draft. The defensive tackle class is regarded as particularly strong and deep, something coach Pete Carroll alluded to at the NFL league meetings last month.
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“Fortunately in this draft too, there’s a lot of defensive tackle prospects and maybe we’re fortunate enough to nail a guy somewhere throughout the draft,” Carroll said. “That would be something we’ll be watching. I think a lot of teams will be. There’s just an attraction to that spot this year. There happens to be more guys than we can ever remember that are graded highly enough to be drafted. So it’ll be a good spot in the draft.”