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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.

March 17, 2012 at 10:57 AM

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Seahawks add free agent: Jason Jones

The Seahawks will sign their first unrestricted free agent this year, agreeing to terms with defensive lineman Jason Jones from the Titans. It will be a one-year contract, according to Jones' agent, Mike McCartney.

Jones, 25, stands 6 feet 5, and he played defensive end last season, which makes it tough to peg where specifically he will play in Seattle's defense. But his primary position is defensive tackle so expect him to be part of the team's plan at the position referred to as the three-technique. Alan Branch started at that spot this past season.

Seattle wanted to get deeper along the defensive line this offseason. Specifically, the Seahawks wanted someone to replace the production that Raheem Brock had provided in 2010 when he had nine sacks.

Jones was a second-round pick in 2008, chosen No. 54 overall by the Titans out of Eastern Michigan. Jones visited St. Louis before coming to Seattle, dining out with coaches and executives on Thursday night.

Jones started 13 of the 14 games he played last season and had three sacks. He started 31 games for the Titans over his four-year career there, but never had more than the five sacks he totaled his rookie season.

Jones is the first unrestricted free agent the Seahawks signed from another team. Seattle spent the first four days of the signing period retaining its own players, reaching agreements with defensive end Red Bryant, linebacker Heath Farwell, offensive lineman Paul McQuistan and fullback Michael Robinson to return.

Update: The one-year deal is for $4.5 million, according to Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times, @RavensInsider. That sticks with Seattle's approach of finding defensive linemen that were highly regarded draft picks, giving them a significant pay raise and keeping them on a short-term deal. That's what Seattle did with Alan Branch last year, signing him two a two-year deal from Arizona. It worked well in that case.

titan-mark-1-cl.gifTitansDLJason Jones vik-mark-1-cl.gifVikingsTEJohn Carlson
    EaglesEaglesOLMike Gibson
    cha-mark-1-cl.gifChargersQBCharlie Whitehurst
    cha-mark-1-cl.gifChargersSAtari Bigby
sea-mark-1-cl.gifReturningRBMarshawn Lynch LB D.HawthorneLBLeroy Hill
sea-mark-1-cl.gifReturningDERed Bryant FB M. RobinsonRBJustin Forsett
sea-mark-1-cl.gifReturningOTBreno Giacomini DE Raheem BrockQBCharlie Whitehurst
sea-mark-1-cl.gifReturningOLPaul McQuistan DL A.HargroveSAtari Bigby
sea-mark-1-cl.gifReturningLBHeath Farwell LB David VoboraLBMatt McCoy
sea-mark-1-cl.gifReturningFBMichael Robinson DE J.WilkersonCBRoy Lewis

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