The Seattle Seahawks agreed to terms with defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin on Monday.
The 29-year-old avoided free agency by signing a three-year deal after recording 36 tackles and two sacks during his lone year in Seattle, per Gregg Bell of the News Tribune. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported on Tuesday that the deal is for three years and $12 million. Rapoport also noted Rubin will receive $6 million in the first year of the deal.
The Seahawks later sent out a press release confirming the news, per Bell.
Rubin spent the first seven years of his career with the Cleveland Browns, with his best season coming in 2011, when he registered 83 tackles and five sacks.
Curtis Crabtree of Pro Football Talk noted keeping Rubin in Seattle was a priority for the Seahawks:
Rubin was one of Seattle’s highest priority free agents. With fellow defensive tackle Brandon Mebane also set to become an unrestricted free agent this week, finding a way to keep at least one of them under contract was an important step. Rubin, 29, is younger than Mebane, 31, and arguably had a better season as well.
The deal with Rubin keeps Seattle from having to replace both starting defensive tackles through free agency and/or the draft.
Rubin, who started all 16 games for the Seahawks last year, was part of a defense that allowed the fewest points in the NFL for the fourth straight season.
The Seahawks will keep him in the fold as they try to keep their defense intact. It's usually not a good idea to try to fix something that's not broken, and Seattle's defense has been anything but broken over the past few years.