The Seahawks will reportedly get a visit this week from veteran defensive end Chris Canty as they look to add depth to their defensive line.
The Seahawks will get a visit from veteran defensive end Chris Canty on Thursday, according to a report from The Baltimore Sun, where Canty spent the last two seasons playing with the Ravens before being cut in February. A little later, it was also reported by NFL.com that the Seahawks would get a visit from Dallas defensive end Anthony Spencer.
Each fit the mold of probably low-cost veterans who could add some proven depth up front for the Seahawks.
The 32-year-old Canty has also visited the New York Jets, and according to the Sun could also return to the Ravens.
Canty has played 10 NFL seasons and won a Super Bowl ring with the Giants following the 2012 campaign.
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Canty played in 11 games last season, all starts, missing five due to injuries, and finishing with 33 tackles, a half-sack and a forced fumble.
ProFootballFocus rated Canty 31st among 3-4 defensive ends last season with a plus-3.9 grade against the run, which rated him 14th in that category among 3-4 defensive ends despite playing just 360 snaps.
According to the Sun, Canty’s release saved the Ravens $2.8 million against the salary cap.
Spencer, 31, had 11 sacks in 2012 but played just one game in 2013 due to microfracture knee surgery injury and managed just half-a-sack last season.
Spencer, who played in college alongside current Seahawk Cliff Avril at Purdue, was rated the No. 22 4-3 defensive end last season by Pro Football Focus, with a plus-3.6 grade against the run in 346 snaps. He had a good game against Seattle this year with three tackles and a plus-2.2 grade from PFF, his second-highest of the season.
Spencer made $1.25 million last season and became an unrestricted free agent last week.
Spencer and Canty were also teammates with the Cowboys in 2007-08.
The Seahawks are known to want to add some bodies on the defensive line, and have already lost one of their backup defensive ends of the last two years — O’Brien Schofield — who signed with Atlanta.
Schofield signed a one-year deal with Atlanta worth a reported $1.7 million with $255,000 guaranteed.
Seattle has eight players under contract for next season listed as defensive ends — Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, David King, Cassius Marsh, Greg Scruggs and Will Pericak, Ryan Robinson and Julius Warmsley. Robinson and Warmsley were on Seattle’s practice squad last year and signed to futures deals and now on the roster, while Pericak was signed as a free agent in February. Bruce Irvin is also sort of a defensive end, playing in that role in the nickel defense.
Demarcus Dobbs finished the season as a backup end for the Seahawks but is now an unrestricted free agent.