One free agent the Seahawks are known to be pursuing is defensive tackle Henry Melton, who has played all of his six-year career with the Bears.
Melton was reported at one point to be “deep” in contract negotiations with the Seahawks.
He may well have been. But he also reportedly has left Seattle with plans to visit with the Cowboys on Monday, according to this report from FoxSports.com.
Melton has also visited Minnesota, and gave a hint last night that he wasn’t done with his visits, Tweeting:
Have fully enjoyed this experience so far
— Henry Melton (@HenMel) March 16, 2014
As had been anticipated, Seattle has not been real busy so far pursuing outside free agents (at least, based on what we can confirm).
Seattle’s only known visits have come from WR Taylor Price, the only outside free agent Seattle has signed so far; Melton; TE Jermichael Finley, and DL Jason Hatcher.
Hatcher signed with the Redskins, while Finley and Melton remain unsigned.
The Seahawks were thought to be waiting to get their own assessment of Finley’s health before moving forward with contracts. It’s unclear where that stands at the moment, though the team did confirm yesterday that it had restructured the contract of tight end Zach Miller for the next two seasons, which minimizes their immediate needs at tight end after having also re-signed Anthony McCoy.
Interestingly, Melton and Finely are rated by NFL.com as two of the top three free agents still available (and the top two who are still unrestricted)
Jared Allen is No. 5 on the list and also mentioned as having interest from Seattle, though there are no reports that he has visited.
Otherwise, no other outside free agents on the list are mentioned as having been shown interest by the Seahawks (which doesn’t mean there isn’t any, just that it hasn’t been reported). But as you can also see, the pickings for real game-changers in free agency are getting slim. Doesn’t mean Seattle can’t still make something of a splash. But as many had anticipated, it won’t be a big one.