Seahawks sign former Dolphins DT Tony McDaniel
The former Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Tony McDaniel agreed to a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks.
This seemingly spells the end for free agent Allen Branch, who spent the past two seasons as a consistent starting defensive tackle for the Seattle Seahawks, playing next to Brandon Membane on the interior defensive line. Tony McDaniel could replace Allen Branch in that role as the Seattle Seahawks saw McDaniel as a better value player than Branch, who remains unsigned and switched agents this week.
Tony McDaniel is the third defensive tackle the Seattle Seahawks added this offseason, following the signing of free agents Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett earlier this month. While Tony McDaniel is not a big signing on that scale, he is a significant addition to the Seattle Seahawks’ defensive line.
Brandon Memban is returning as starter at one of the defensive tackle spots with restricted free agent as expected to be his backup. But Tony McDaniel remains an option at the other defensive tackle spot along with last year’s draft picks Greg Scruggs and Jaye Howard, who was mostly inactive for his rookie campaign.
At 6 foot 7 features the kind of lanky build that has proven successful along the Seattle Seahawk’s defensive line. Not only can Tony McDaniel play next to Brandon Mebane on the defensive line, but he could be also moved to outside to backup sixth-year pro Red Bryant as a run-stuffing defensive end.
The Seattle Seahawks having been looking to add depth to their offensive line this offseason after defensive end and the team’s 2012 sacks leader Chris Clemons tore his ACL during the playoffs, and defensive end Jason Jones landed with the Detroit Lions during free agency.
The 28-year-old Tony McDaniel played off the bench for the Miami Dolphins last season, registering 11 tackles, a half sack and one pass deflection over 11 games. Over the past four seasons in Miami, Tony McDaniel recorded 82 tackles and seven sacks, and eight passes defensed in 57 games with just two starts. He had his best season in Miami during 2010, finishing with 36 tackles, 2.5 sacks and four passes defensed.
Prior to that, Tony McDaniel spent three seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Tennessee in 2006. Tony McDaniel had 37 combined tackles with 1.5 sacks in 25 games (including three starts) for the Tennessee Titans.