Seahawks' Cory Redding signs with Ravens
After one year, Cory Redding left the Seahawks, signing with the Baltimore Ravens for $6 million over two years.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Seattle acquired Cory Redding one year ago, trading away Pro Bowl player Julian Peterson to acquire the defensive lineman from Detroit.
Three games into his Seahawks' tenure, Redding was out of the starting lineup. After one year, Redding left Seattle entirely, signing with the Baltimore Ravens. Redding agreed to a two-year deal that will pay him $6 million, according to the league's Web site.
Redding was an unrestricted free agent, so the Seahawks are entitled to no compensation.
Redding, 29, did not have a sack in the first nine games with the Seahawks, but was one of the better linemen over the last month of the season. But considering Seattle had two sacks total over the final five games of the season, that isn't saying much.
Coach Pete Carroll was complimentary of Redding during a radio interview with KJR-AM 950, but the fact that the Seahawks were not able to agree to an extension with Redding before free agency began showed Seattle wasn't willing to offer what Redding wanted.
Redding, 29, was not mentioned as one of Seattle's priorities once free agency began on March 5.
Redding is the second defensive lineman to leave Seattle this offseason. The Seahawks traded Darryl Tapp to Philadelphia last week, receiving pass-rush specialist Chris Clemons and a fourth-round pick. Seattle previously signed Ricky Foley from the CFL, and will give him a chance to prove himself as a pass rusher as well.
• Seattle was awarded a seventh-round pick, No. 245 overall, as compensation for a net loss of compensatory free agents in the previous year. Seattle lost four players categorized as compensatory free agents (Leonard Weaver, Floyd Womack, Rocky Bernard and Maurice Morris). The Seahawks signed three players deemed compensatory (T.J. Houshmandzadeh, John Owens and Colin Cole). The Seahawks are not allowed to trade that compensatory pick.
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