The Seattle Seahawks are turning to a former first-round pick to help fill one of the gaps on its revamped defense.
The Seahawks and free agent outside linebacker/defensive end Barkevious Mingo reached agreement on a two-year deal on Wednesday at the start of the new NFL league year. According to a person with knowledge of the deal [url=http://www.coltscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-nyheim-hines-jersey]Nyheim Hines Jersey[/url] , Mingo’s deal is worth up to $10.1 million and includes $3.2 million in guaranteed money.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced by the team.
It was a rare addition for Seattle on the first day of free agency. The Seahawks have typically waited for the first rush of signings to subside before jumping into the free agent pool. But the addition of Mingo also stopped a wave of departures from the Seahawks on the defensive side, highlighted by the subtractions of cornerback Richard Sherman and defensive end Michael Bennett in the past week.
Mingo started six games last season for the Colts and finished with a career-high 32 tackles. He’ll likely be in the competition for the strongside linebacker spot in Seattle’s defense playing near the line of scrimmage. Seattle has struggled to find a consistent option for that position since losing Bruce Irvin in free agency after the 2015 season. Seattle used Michael Wilhoite and Terence Garvin as the primary starters at the position last season.
USA Football says 242 high schools contributed to the 256 players selected in the seven rounds of last month’s NFL draft.
Lakewood High School in Florida and Serra High in California each had three players selected to lead the country.