Seahawks sign veteran DT Landon Cohen

With breakout interior pass rusher Jordan Hill hurting, the Seahawks signed Cohen, a five-year veteran out of Ohio to fill the final spot on the roster in preparation for Saturday night's NFC Divisional Playoff matchup with the Carolina Panthers.

The 6-1, 290 pound Cohen flashed as a member of the Buffalo Bills in the preseason but was ultimately released prior to the season. He was originally selected by Detroit in the seventh round of the 2008 draft and has since spent time with the Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears, logging 46 tackles in 40 games (including eight starts).

Sporting a similar frame as the 6-1, 303 pound Hill, Cohen is expected to practice this week and compete for playing time against the Panthers. Hill has emerged as a quality interior pass-rusher, accounting for all 5.5 of his sacks this season since Week 12, as well as the memorable interception against the Rams. Unfortunately, Hill suffered an injury to his left knee late against the Rams and his availability for the Carolina game is in question.

Cohen, who is pictured above getting a tutorial from current Dallas defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, possesses intriguing versatility. Like Hill, Cohen possesses a bowling-ball-like frame and good initial quickness to penetrate gaps. His natural leverage advantage helps him get under the pads of opponents and drive them into the backfield. His underrated strength has helped him hold up surprisingly well in run support in the past and he's seen time as a 3-4 defensive end, on occasion. Interestingly enough, Cohen is currently listed on the Seahawks' official depth chart as the backup to Tony McDaniel and not Hill.

The Seahawks did not have to release anyone to make room for Cohen, as the club cut defensive tackle Travian Robertson prior to their regular season finale with the St. Louis Rams and elected not to sign anyone during the bye week. Top Stories