Seahawks match Patriots offer

The Seattle Seahawks decided that more is better and quickly matched the New England Patriots contract offer for Defensive lineman Cedric Woodard.

The 6-foot-2, 320 pound three year veteran was on his way out the door after signing an offer sheet from the Patriots based on the promise of playing time.

 The Seahawks decided that they could not afford to lose the restricted free agent and promptly signed him to the end of the upcoming season.

 Woodard becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season if no deal is cut with the Seahawks. While exact details of Woodard's contract are unavailable it is believed his contract is worth more than the one year $605, 000 tender the Hawks offered him before the free agency period began in February 28th.

 Woodard is expected to see more playing time in 2003 as he is expected to be part of a defensive line rotation that will feature aging veterans John Randel and Chad Eaton.

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