March 7, 2014 at 1:08 PM
Seahawks sign restricted free agents Johnson, Jeanpierre to one-year extensions
The Seahawks just announced they have signed offensive lineman Lemuel Jeanpierre and safety Jeron Johnson to one-year contract extensions.
Each was a restricted free agent, meaning if the players had gotten to free agency, Seattle could have matched offers. And in Johnson’s case, the Seahawks earlier this week placed a second-round tender on Johnson to assure either they kept him in the fold, or got a draft pick in return if he signed with another team. Since this is an extension, though, it’s possible (likely?) he got less than the tender amount would have required. (We’ll pass along contract details as they surface).
Seattle has one other restricted free agent on its roster — receiver Doug Baldwin (Seattle also has 15 unrestricted free agents).
Here is the team’s official press release on the signings:
The Seattle Seahawks have signed offensive lineman Lemuel Jeanpierre and safety Jeron Johnson to one-year contract extensions, the team announced today.
“We are pleased to sign two players that were part of a special championship season,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager John Schneider. “Lem has performed well when called upon in starting opportunities and we are excited to have him be a part of our 2014 season going forward, while Jeron brings physicality and toughness that plays a key role in our special teams unit.”
Jeanpierre originally signed with the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted rookie free agent on April 25, 2010 and was released after training camp. He signed to Seattle’s practice squad on September 6, 2010 and to its active roster on January 7, 2011. He has played in 47 games with eight starts and appeared in five postseason games during his time in Seattle.
In 2013, he played in all 16 games with three starts at center and saw time late in the season as an extra tackle in goal-line situations.
Johnson signed with Seattle as an undrafted rookie free agent on July 26, 2011. A solid special teams contributor, he has played in 30 games with 16 special teams tackles, adding eight tackles (six solo), 2.0 sacks and one forced fumble on defense.
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