The Seattle Seahawks on Saturday announced they had re-signed free agent linebacker Mike Morgan.
The Seahawks on Saturday announced they have agreed to terms to re-sign linebacker Mike Morgan, a sixth-year veteran who is also a key special teams player.
Morgan was an unrestricted free agent and becomes the sixth UFA the team has re-signed in the last month.
Morgan entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2011 and has started three games in his career at linebacker — two last season. He also played 284 special teams snaps in 2015, third-most on the team, along with 91 snaps on defense.
The 6-3, 226-pounder also figures to be a contender for playing time at the strongside linebacker spot vacated by the departure of Bruce Irvin in free agency.
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Morgan started the Pittsburgh and San Francisco home games last season at strongside linebacker in place of Irvin when Irvin was out with a knee injury.
It was reported on Friday that Morgan had visited the Steelers. Seattle earlier brought in free agents Craig Robertson (Cleveland) and Shea McClellin (Bears) to potentially fill a similar role to Irvin. McClellin signed last week with the Patriots while Roberton remains unsigned (Pro Football Focus had a final rating for Morgan in 2015 ahead of that of Robertson — 68.6 to 65.3.
While the Seahawks lost Irvin, they now have every other linebacker from the 2015 final depth chart under contract.
The re-signing of Morgan also means that the only two players from the team’s final defensive depth chart that are not under contract with the Seahawks are Irvin and Brandon Mebane, who signed with the Chargers.
Morgan played at USC from 2006-10, the first four years when Pete Carroll was the coach.