Defensive tackle Clinton McDonald has signed his one-year tender the Seahawks had offered him and will return to the team as the backup nosetackle.
McDonald has played two seasons in Seattle, coming to the Seahawks in the 2011 trade for cornerback Kelly Jennings. With three years of NFL experience, McDonald was a restricted free agent after Seattle tendered him a one-year qualifying offer of $1.3 million.
McDonald was free to negotiate with other teams, and even sign an offer sheet. At that point, Seattle would have had the right to match the offer and retain McDonald or receive a draft pick as compensation. That pick would have been in the seventh round because Seattle made what is referred to as an original-round tender, meaning Seattle was entitled to a pick in the round McDonald was drafted in, which was the seventh.
Restricted free agents had until April 19 to sign offer sheets with other teams. McDonald’s signing leaves one additional restricted free agent: safety Chris Maragos. Clint Gresham, the team’s long-snapper, had previously signed his one-year tender.
The signing of McDonald rounds out the picture along the defensive line. He has been the team’s backup noseguard behind starter Brandon Mebane. McDonald has also been part of the team’s nickel defense.
McDonald’s return came at the same time Alan Branch signed a one-year contract to join the Buffalo Bills.
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