In a continuing effort to shore up a defense that looms as the biggest question mark to a Super Bowl run, the Seahawks got visits Tuesday from two veteran players — defensive tackle Damon “Snacks” Harrison and linebacker Mychal Kendricks.
The visits by each player were reported via the NFL’s official transaction wire Tuesday afternoon. It was unclear Tuesday afternoon if a signing by either player was imminent. Harrison told NFL reporter Josina Anderson he also planned to visit Green Bay on Wednesday, and it was also reported he could visit the Bears. But he could also sign with the Seahawks while in Seattle.
Harrison, who was a first-team All-Pro with the Giants in 2016, spent last year with the Lions and has been regarded as one of the better run-defending tackles in the NFL throughout his career. Seattle has seemed happy with its tackle rotation with backups Bryan Mone and Anthony Rush playing well. Behind Jarran Reed and Poona Ford. But the pass rush has been an issue and the Seahawks are always looking for reinforcements everywhere. Harrison is thought to want to play for a winner and would undoubtedly be on a one-year deal.
Kendricks played for the Seahawks the last two seasons but suffered an ACL injury in the regular season finale a year ago against the 49ers and after becoming a free agent has not signed. He is said to now be healthy, but checking out the status of his knee will be a key part of his visit.
Kendricks is due to be sentenced on Oct. 14 in Philadelphia on an insider trading charge that he pleaded guilty to in September of 2018. A co-defendant in the case, Damilare Sonoiki, received three years probation in July 2019.
Seattle is dealing with injuries at the linebacker spot with starting strongside linebacker Bruce Irvin out for the season with a knee injury and first-round pick Jordyn Brooks missing last week’s game with a knee injury.
Kendricks was used by Seattle as a strongside linebacker and he could slide back into that spot. Seattle has been using K.J. Wright some at strongside linebacker the last two weeks when Brooks, and then Cody Barton, got starts filling in for Irvin. But Seattle could just go back to its linebacking trio of the last two years if Kendricks were to sign.
Seattle’s other linebackers are Ben Burr-Kirven and Shaquem Griffin. Burr-Kirven has played solely on special teams so far and Griffin mostly in a specialty pass-rush role.
Seattle also had tryouts with four other players Tuesday — linebackers Ray-Ray Armstrong, Jeff Holland and Michael Divinity and defensive back DeMarkus Acy.
Armstrong is a veteran of 84 NFL games including 12 starts, five with the 49ers in 2017. He was with Dallas a year ago.
The other three are all recent undrafted free agents. Acy was waived by the 49ers in August. Holland has been on the rosters of five teams since 2018 and was waived by the Rams in the spring. Divinity was in camp with Tampa Bay.
Seattle on Tuesday also released defensive tackle Demarcus Christmas off the practice squad and protected defensive backs Damarious Randall and Gavin Heslop.
The release of Christmas leaves Seattle with two open spots on its practice squad.
Protecting Randall and Heslop means no other team can sign them to their 53-player roster this week. Both players were elevated by Seattle last week and on the active roster for the win at Miami and Seattle may need each again this week as it continues to deal with injuries in the secondary.