Seahawks Fortify Interior, Sign DT Al Woods

After shoring up their pass rush earlier in the week, Seattle added reliable interior depth to aid their run defense.

Making their fifth signing in a two-day span, the Seahawks continue to go discount shopping in the third phase of free agency.

According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, Seattle has agreed to terms with veteran defensive tackle Al Woods on a one-year deal. Financial terms have yet to be disclosed.

The signing was confirmed by the Seahawks, who released QB Taryn Christion and TE Mik'Quan Deane in corresponding roster moves. Both players signed as undrafted free agents following the conclusion of the 2019 NFL Draft and participated in the team's rookie minicamp.

After addressing their pass rush by signing ex-Lions star Ezekiel Ansah on May 10, Seattle’s latest move was made with run defense in mind. The Seahawks were inconsistent slowing down opposing rushing attacks a year ago, ranking 17th in the league in DVOA, their lowest mark since 2010.

Known primarily as a massive run stuffer throughout his nine-year NFL career, the 6-foot-4, 340-pound Woods should be able to help improve that ranking as a rotational reserve. Playing most recently for the Colts as well as the Steelers and Titans, he’s produced 79 tackles and 16 tackles for loss over the past six seasons in 88 games.

Woods started his career as a fourth-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft for the Saints, but never appeared in a game for the team. After spending his rookie season with the Buccaneers, he appeared in two games for the Seahawks in 2011, posting two tackles.

Coming off two productive seasons with the Colts, Woods will now compete against Jamie Meder, Nazair Jones, and sixth-round pick Demarcus Christmas for snaps behind projected starters Jarran Reed and Poona Ford.

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