When free agency began at 1 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, the Seahawks were like the family that unwraps its presents on Christmas Eve.
That’s because Percy Harvin’s addition was a formality at that point, one that was officially announced a little more than an hour after the NFL’s 2013 league year actually began.
That was just one of more than 60 agreements that were either announced or reported on Tuesday, a veritable avalanche of transactions. Here’s a recap of some of those that effect the Seahawks.
|DE Paul Kruger is leaving the Baltimore Ravens and will sign with the Cleveland Browns, a five-year deal worth a reported $40 million. Kruger had 9.5 sacks during the regular season and another 4.5 during the Ravens’ Super Bowl run. He and Detroit’s Cliff Avril were considered the top two defensive ends available in free agency. Seattle’s stated need for a pass rusher prompted many to wonder if Kruger would be a target, but he had an agreement with Cleveland within hours of the league year beginning.|
|DT Desmond Bryant is also headed to Cleveland, leaving the Oakland Raiders. Bryant had four sacks in his eight starts with the Raiders last season, and with Oakland in a veritable salary-cap purgatory, he reached the open market. The price was pretty rich, though, Bryant agreeing to a five-year, $34 million contract with the Browns.|
|Tight end Delanie Walker left San Francisco to sign with Tennessee. Walker is a core special-teams player who became a critical part of the 49ers offense, used as a second tight end. Walker’s deal with the Titans is four years, $17.5 million with nearly half that total guaranteed. It’s a huge payday for him and significant loss for the 49ers, who also lost defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga to Philadelphia. The raid won’t stop there. Safety Dashon Goldson might be headed out of town, too, and defensive tackle Ricky Jean-Francois is drawing interest as well.|