Seahawks add another 2013 first-rounder, agree to terms with OL Chance Warmack

While the Seahawks continued to wait for some resolution to the Jadeveon Clowney situation Sunday, the team added yet another veteran offensive lineman, agreeing to terms with guard Chance Warmack.

The signing was first reported by Pro Football Talk and confirmed by the Seattle Times, though details were not immediately available.

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However, given that Warmack has not played since the 2018 season nor started since 2017 it is likely a one-year deal for at or close to the veteran minimum, meaning it’s almost certainly a low-risk/possibly high-reward signing if Warmack can live up to the potential that saw him taken in the first round in 2013.

Warmack becomes the fourth offensive lineman the team has signed/agreed to terms with since the free agent signing period began last week. The others are guard/center B.J. Finney and tackles Brandon Shell and Cedric Ogbuehi.

Warmack was the 10th overall pick in the 2013 draft by the Tennessee Titans out of Alabama, and becomes the seventh of the top 13 picks in that draft to have been a member of the Seahawks.

Warmack was a full-time starter for the Titans in his first three years in the league in 2013-15 before injuries derailed his career, and has started 51 games overall.

He began dealing with a knee injury in 2015 and also suffered a hand injury that limited him to two games in 2016.

Warmack spent the 2017 and 2018 seasons with the Eagles, earning a Super Bowl ring following the 2017 year (he played four snaps on offense and two on special teams in the win over the Patriots) but then took last year off to get healthy.

He had recently announced through agent Ron Slavin that he hoped to return to the NFL this season.

Warmack, who turns 29 in August, has played just seven offensive snaps in regular season games since 2017.

A 2018 breakdown of the Eagles from The Athletic assessed Warmack this way: “Warmack is a replacement-level guard who offers less positional versatility than you might like in a backup offensive lineman.”

Warmack’s addition is the latest sign that the Seahawks are unlikely to bring back last year’s primary starting guard, Mike Iupati, who is an unrestricted free agent. Iupati started 15 games last year but missed the playoffs after suffering a neck/stinger injury.

Seattle also appears unlikely to bring back Germain Ifedi, the team’s first-round pick in 2016 who started last year at right tackle.

Warmack gives the Seahawks 15 offensive linemen who are either currently under contract or reported to have agreed to terms.

AP sources: Jets agree to 1-year deal with CB Pierre Desir

NEW YORK — Two people with direct knowledge of the contract say the New York Jets and cornerback Pierre Desir have agreed to terms on a deal.

One of the people tells The Associated Press the contract for the former Indianapolis Colts standout is for one year. Financial terms weren’t immediately available. The people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Sunday because teams can’t announce deals until they are officially signed.

The Athletic first reported the Jets’ agreement with Desir, who was released by Colts on Saturday.

The 29-year-old defensive back spent the past three seasons with Indianapolis, where he had 161 total tackles, five interceptions, 26 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in 37 games, including 29 starts.

Desir signed a three-year contract worth $22.5 million — including $12 million guaranteed — last March, but the Colts saved nearly $7 million on their salary cap for this season by releasing him.

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Cornerback is one of Jets general manager primary targets to improve this offseason, especially after releasing former starters Trumaine Johnson and Darryl Roberts earlier this week. New York re-signed nickel cornerback Brian Poole and agreed to terms with Arthur Maulet, but were still in need of starting-caliber defensive backs on the outside.

Desir should fill one of those voids. He was drafted in the fourth round by Cleveland out of Lindenwood University in 2014, and played two seasons with the Browns. Desir also spent time with the Chargers and Seahawks before being claimed off waivers by the Colts in 2017.

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