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March 21, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Seahawks host defensive lineman Tony McDaniel

The Seahawks are hosting Tony McDaniel, a free-agent defensive lineman who has played the past five seasons in Miami.

It’s surprising in one respect: There were indications the Seahawks weren’t pursuing more open-market additions after their agreements with pass rushers Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett.

It’s not surprising in another respect: Seattle doesn’t have an agreement with Alan Branch, who has started the last two years at tackle in Seattle and is an unrestricted free agent. Now, there hasn’t been much activity in general on Branch. There was a report in the Florida Times-Union the Jags could be interested in Branch at the right price. That makes sense given the fact that Seattle’s former defensive coordinator Gus Bradley is now the Jags head coach and Todd Wash — a former Seahawks assistant — is on the staff. But so far? Crickets.

McDaniel is 28. He has played the past four years in Miami, which acquired him in trade from Jacksonville.

Could be the Seahawks are looking for depth. Could be the Seahawks are exploring their options should Branch leave. Could be the Seahawks are trying to light a fire and get Branch to make a move.

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