We made it through Thursday without word that Tony McDaniel has signed with the Seahawks. (Though that might still happen before I get this published.) There’s not a lot of players who are capable of helping the Seahawks still out there, but there are a few.Dec 12, 2011; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Alan Branch (99) celebrates after a sack of St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (not pictured) during the 2nd half at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated St. Louis 30-13. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports
Tony McDaniel – Could be done at any moment. Rotational player who can back up 3 positions on the line.
Alan Branch – Branch is perhaps the best DT still available. He also knows Seattle’s system, and the coaches know him, so there wont be a learning curve in that regard.
Richard Seymour – Seymour is a name, but he’s not the dominant player he once was. He’s still good though, and can offer a pass rush element that Branch can’t.
LeRoy Hill – Hill could always come back if he’s willing to sign for the league minimum.
Brian Urlacher – Just kidding. I just wanted to see if you were actually reading this.
DJ Williams – The recently released Bronco is on the wrong side of 30, but on a one year deal to compete with Malcolm Smith for playing time and to provide depth in case the draft doesn’t fall in a way that gives the Seahawks the the player they need.
Jason Smith, Bryant McKinnie, Barry Richardson – No long term solutions, because there’s no way the Seahawks pay for one, but all three offer an upgrade over the frustratingly mediocre Breno Giacomini. Signing any of them could actually provide some cap relief as well, since Breno is definitely overpaid at this point and would then be released. Going this route would require that the Seahawks draft a someone who could take over at RT after 2013.