The Seahawks had said their priority in NFL free agency would be taking care of their own players first, and that’s the first thing they did today in getting contract agreements with defensive end Red Bryant and linebacker/special teams standout Heath Farwell.
Bryant was expected to draw considerable attention on the open market when the free-agent period began at 1 p.m. PDT today after developing into a run-stuffing, kick-blocking force in his first full season as a starter. But Seattle is where Bryant wanted to continue his career, and Seattle is where he’ll stay after agreeing to a multiyear contract.
The 6-foot-4, 335-pound Bryant blocked three field goals and a PAT last season, when he also returned one of his two interceptions for a touchdown and registered 32 tackles.
Farwell didn’t join the Seahawks until October last season, but he led the NFL with 21 coverage tackles in only 11 games.
The Seahawks previously had re-signed leading rusher Marshawn Lynch and right tackle Breno Giacomini.