March 18, 2012 in Sports

Seahawks sign DT Jones, pursue quarterback

 

The Seahawks made their first addition of free agency on Saturday morning, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal with defensive tackle Jason Jones of the Tennessee Titans.

That didn’t answer the question of quarterback, though, as Green Bay quarterback Matt Flynn left Seattle on Friday evening after visiting with the Seahawks and arrived in Miami.

That’s not a shocker. Flynn had always planned to visit the Dolphins before making a decision on his future, but the fact he’s in South Florida certainly reduces the chances he will wind up in the Pacific Northwest.

Miami is feeling plenty of pressure. The Dolphins have been turned down by Peyton Manning, they have an aggressive owner in Stephen Ross who wants to generate some buzz, and they have a new coach in Joe Philbin who worked with Flynn the past four years as Green Bay’s offensive coordinator.

The bottom line is Miami appears positioned to make a bigger, better offer to Flynn than Seattle. The Seahawks seem to see Flynn more as a quarterback with potential who could compete with Tarvaris Jackson as opposed to someone who would be installed as the starting quarterback on Day One.

Meanwhile, the Seahawks added Jones, a former second-round pick who started 28 games the past two seasons.

Jones had visited St. Louis before coming to Seattle, but when the Rams reached an agreement with Kendall Langford of Miami, it was clear Jones wasn’t going to wind up a Ram.

Terms were not announced, but it’s believed the deal will total more than $4 million.

Manning watch

Peyton Manning worked out for Tennessee on Saturday in Knoxville, Titans general manager Ruston Webster said.

The GM said he thought the former Colts quarterback “looked comfortable throwing the ball and had a good visit.”

On Friday, the four-time NFL MVP worked out at Duke for Denver. Tuesday night he worked out at the Blue Devils’ facilities for San Francisco. Manning has been rehabbing in North Carolina following a string of neck surgeries.

Quick hits

The New England Patriots signed former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez. … The Kansas City Chiefs agreed to contracts with offensive tackle Eric Winston and quarterback Brady Quinn. … Guard Evan Mathis and the Philadelphia Eagles agreed on a five-year contract. … The Cincinnati Bengals signed veteran guard Travelle Wharton. … The Colts signed free-agent safety Tom Zbikowski.


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