Hawks sign DT A.J. Francis, waive David King

The Seahawks added to their rotation along the defensive line Monday, signing former University of Maryland defensive tackle A.J. Francis. The 6-5, 330 pounder has the girth and strength to help inside and at the five-technique defensive end role.

Even the ever-optimistic Pete Carroll sounded glum Monday following the Seahawks disappointing 39-32 loss to the Cardinals Sunday night but that didn't keep the club from making a move, signing defensive tackle A.J. Francis and releasing fellow defensive lineman David King.

The 6-5, 330 pound Francis originally signed with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Maryland Terrapins following the 2013 draft but spent the entire 2014 season on injured reserve He's since spent time with the ,New England Patriots, as well. He was back with the Dolphins this season but was released Saturday. 

In terms of size, strength and style, Francis is similar to former Seahawks' defensive lineman Tony McDaniel, who was released prior to the season in a cost-cutting move. Steady, durable play from starting run-stuffers Brandon Mebane and Ahtyba Rubin has allowed Seattle to get away with less girth up front this season in the past. 

Francis will essentially take the place of King, a 6-4, 281 pounder who recorded three tackles, including half a sack in four games this season for the Seahawks.

"Yeah, he's a real big guy," Carroll said when asked Monday about the signing. "Our guys have had their eye on him for some time, and he just popped available here and so we jumped on the opportunity to get him."

Francis has one tackle in four game appearances for Miami this season. He could see more action with the Seahawks, however, and even perhaps immediately with the run-heavy 49ers coming to CenturyLink this week.

Besides Monday's news, much of Carroll's press conference was spent discussing what went wrong Sunday night against the Cardinals.

"I think it really makes sense for me to convey to you that we're really frustrated by that game yesterday," Carroll said to start the press conference with as part of 507 word opening statement.

"It just didn't happen the way we had planned at all. We didn't find the opportunity to even get in the game plan. We never really did, particularly offensively. I don't ever remember a game when you have your first four drives you're first and twenty. I can't ever remember that ever happening. So when that happens, we wound up in third and whatever. Third and ten, third and twelve, third and fifteen, something like that. Those kind of situations that we couldn't convert on. So we never really ever found it."
Carroll went on to point out the importance of Sunday's game against the 49ers.

"So we're going to keep working really hard to keep focusing on all the stuff that we can improve, and make the adjustments that we need to make, and move on," Carroll said.

"This season is this week. It's this week. And we're good at doing that and we're going to do that really well. We're going to get back in and get to work and crank up a week's preparation that gets us a win and get this thing moving again and see if we can make some noise here a couple months from now."

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