Seahawks sign Deuce Lutui, Barrett Ruud and Roy Lewis
Guard Deuce Lutui, linebacker Barrett Rudd, cornerback Roy Lewis sign one-year deals with Seahawks.
Seattle Times staff reporter
In terms of size, offensive lineman Deuce Lutui ranks as the biggest addition the Seahawks made Friday.
In terms of significance, linebacker Barrett Ruud might turn out to be the most important, given the lack of proven players at that position.
And with regard to leadership, don't overlook Seattle's agreement to bring back cornerback Roy Lewis, who was a special-teams captain in 2010.
Friday turned out to be a busy day for the Seahawks, who announced the three one-year deals.
Start with Lutui, a guard who will be bring Seattle's offensive line some depth, not to mention significant width. A former second-round pick of Arizona, Lutui played for coach Pete Carroll at USC. He was a starter his first five seasons in the NFL, but has seen his weight balloon at times. He is listed at 338 pounds on the league's website, but reportedly came to training camp in 2010 weighing nearly 400 pounds. After the lockout last year, he supposedly weighed 380 at the time he failed a physical exam with Cincinnati, negating a two-year deal with the Bengals.
Ruud had more than 100 tackles in four consecutive seasons for Tampa Bay from 2007 to 2010. K.J. Wright is the only starting linebacker from last year's team under contract. David Hawthorne, the Seahawks' leading tackler the past three years, left for New Orleans in free agency. Leroy Hill remains unsigned.
Lewis was an unrestricted free agent, and he will return to compete for a spot in a secondary that is suddenly crowded.
Lewis, 26, is from Washington, and he joined Seattle as a practice-squad player in 2009 and later was promoted to the 53-man roster. He earned a role as the team's fifth defensive back in 2010, and also established himself as a critical special-teams player.
Lewis missed the first six games last season, recovering from knee surgery, but played in the final 10.
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