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Sunday, March 19, 2006

Seahawks Sign Russell Davis



From Mike Sando at The News Tribune.com:

Russell Davis was one of the first free agents to visit the Seattle Seahawks when the NFL’s signing period opened a week ago.

The 306-pound nose tackle became the Seahawks’ first free-agent addition Saturday upon agreeing to terms on a three-year contract.

For Seattle, the move was not a glamorous one. Davis will not challenge for the league lead in sacks, and he is not particularly well known. But for a team looking to further strengthen the NFL’s fifth-ranked run defense, Davis could prove helpful.

Davis, who turns 31 this month, was the fourth defensive tackle chosen in the 1999 NFL draft. He played in all but one game in four-plus seasons before suffering a season-ending biceps injury during the Cardinals’ 37-12 loss to Seattle at Qwest Field on Sept. 25.

Davis, who spent one season with the Chicago Bears before joining the Cardinals in 2000, is more of a prototypical run stuffer than most of Seattle’s other defensive tackles.

Rocky Bernard is an up-the-field pass rusher. Chuck Darby relies on quickness to get his compact frame underneath bigger offensive linemen. Craig Terrill also is listed at less than 300 pounds.

Of the group that played last season, only 325-pound Marcus Tubbs, Seattle’s first-round pick in 2004, has the size generally associated with the position.

Davis lends some size and ruggedness to the position. He has started every game he has played, 72 in all, since Oct. 22, 2000. Davis also was known as a positive force in the Cardinals’ locker room.

Arizona offered him a contract to remain with the team, but the Cardinals’ recent signing of Kendrick Clancy from the New York Giants gave them another option at the position.

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