The loss of Jimmy Wilkerson to a season-ending knee injury in the preseason finale has led the Seahawks to Anthony Hargrove on the eve of their regular-season opener.
The former St. Louis Rams, Buffalo Bills and New Orleans Saints defensive linemen was signed this morning. Defensive tackle Landon Cohen was released to clear a spot on the 53-man roster. Cohen had been claimed off waivers last Sunday.
The 6-foot-2, 272-pound Hargrove was selected in the third round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Rams and played three seasons in St. Louis, starting a career-high 15 games in 2005 – when he also produced career-bests in tackles (51) and sacks (6½).
Hargrove spent 2006 and 2007 with the Bills, but did not start a game and had 32 tackles. He played the past two seasons with the Saints, and had 42 tackles and five sacks while starting six games in 2009. Hargrove went to training camp with the Philadelphia Eagles this summer, but was released on the final roster cut.
With the Seahawks, Hargrove provides another option to use on the rotation at tackle and also backup Red Bryant at the five-technique end spot – something that was lost along with Wilkerson.
“We don’t have a guy like Jimmy,” coach Pete Carroll said this week. “Jimmy had an expertise of playing defensive end on early downs and going inside (on passing downs). We don’t have a guy like that, so we’re going to use a combination of guys to rush and see what we can find.”
What they found was Hargrove, who has 205 tackles and 16½ sacks in his seven-season career.