Sealver Siliga to Seahawks: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

Daniel KramerFeatured ColumnistMarch 14, 2016

New England Patriots' Sealver Siliga on the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)
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The Seattle Seahawks have filled a much-needed void on their defensive line by signing nose tackle Sealver Siliga on Monday, according to Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole

ESPN’s Josina Anderson confirmed the news and reported Siliga’s deal is for one-year and worth up to $1.4 million with $250,000 guaranteed.  

Siliga shared an Instagram post of himself signing his new contract shortly after the news broke:

The former undrafted free agent has spent the past three seasons with the New England Patriots and played in a career-high 13 games last year with 28 tackles. 

He was on the field for 23.2 percent of the Patriots’ defensive snaps, per Football Outsiderssecond-lowest among players with more than four snaps. 

He also has ties to Seattle, having competed with the team for part of its 2013 training camp, according to Sheil Kapadia of ESPN.com.

Siliga will at least partially fill the void veteran Brandon Mebane left after signing with the San Diego Chargers when free agency opened last Wednesday.

Before adding Siliga, Seattle had also on Monday interviewed defensive linemen Brandon Thompson, per Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com, and Sammie Lee Hill, per Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. Cam Thomas visited the team last Thursday, per Rapoport

Siliga will head to Seattle as the Seahawks hope to maintain a run defense that last year held opponents to 83.4 yards per game, tops in the NFL.

The Seahawks have $11.1 million in cap space, per Over the Cap, and by signing a player of Siliga’s caliber, it appears they’re seeking a short-term option who won’t cost much.