Oct 23, 2011; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins players Sean Smith (24) and Tony McDaniel (78) try to recover a fumble during the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Lou Novick-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Free Agency Rumor: Seahawks Closing In With DT Tony McDaniel

The Seahawks have brought in former Miami Dolphin DT Tony McDaniel for a visit. He hasn’t signed yet, but just the fact that he’s in town is significant.

McDaniel is 6-7, and 307 lbs making him a physically intimidating guy. Unfortunately, his on-field play doesn’t make his size. Only once in his 5 year career has McDaniel posted a positive overall performance over the course of a season, and that was 2 years ago in 2010. In that year, be played mostly DE, not DT.

While I’ve seen plenty of people connecting the dots to Alan Branch’s still unfilled starting 3-tech DT position. While I can see that happening, I’m unconvinced that this is the most likely scenario.

McDaniel isn’t a true run stopper or block eater. He simply doesn’t fit the profile of what the Seahawks need in a replacement for Branch. He’s also not an upgrade from Branch in overall talent, and Branch is still available.

Obviously I could be wrong here, (wouldn’t be the first time) but to me McDaniel is more likely a replacement for Clinton McDonald’s roster spot as a rotatonal DT that’ll be used to stop Brandon Mebane from wearing down. I just don’t see him as a potential starter at the 3-tech spot.

It is also possible that this visit is also going to be used to try and get Brach to lower his price and re-sign. I still believe that Branch coming back with Seattle is the most likely scenario for him. I expect it will happen fairly soon too.

Edit: All the info was there, but I missed the obvious connection here. McDaniel does offer something the Seahawks definitely need: a backup for (or potential low cost replacement for if he excels in camp/preseason) 5-tech DE Red Bryant. Credit goes to Shane Mott (@12thmanforever on twitter) for pointing that out to me. 

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  • anon

    In Pete Carrol’s system it is likely that Michael Bennett will be the starting 3-tech.

    • 12thMan_Rising

      I simply do not believe that. The team has had a big bodied run stuff starting there in all 3 years under Carroll, even when pass rushers were available on the roster. Jason Jones never once started, and was/is a superior run defender when playing on the inside.

  • http://Allcougdup.com/ All Coug’d Up

    Yup as I was reading the article I immediately though Red Bryant insurance.

  • HJC555

    In Pete Carroll’s system the three tech is suppose to be more of a pass rusher than a run stopper and the 3 tech usually has single gap responsiblity so they dont need to a block eater like mebane. A good 3 tech is very hard to find so we have had alan branch playing that position with disipointing results so far because he struggles getting to the QB. Michael Bennett and Tony Mcdaniel are perfect for the position. They are both above single gab run stoppers with ability to get to the QB from an inside position.