The Seahawks took advantage of the time to meet with representatives of prospective free agents Monday by extending one of their own, rewarding 29-year old defensive tacke Ahtyba Rubin with a three-year extension.
Rubin signed with the Seahawks a year ago after spending his previous seven seasons in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns. He started all 16 games for the first time since 2001, recording 36 tackles, two sacks and an interception next to Brandon Mebane, Seattle's longest-tenured player and himself, a free agent.
The 6-2, 325 pound Rubin proved to be a quality run-stuffing presence inside at the three-technique position, showing enough burst to split gaps as well as the power to hold up at the point of attack in the running game.
Reaching a deal with Rubin was a priority for the Seahawks, according to a source, because the defensive tackle market was heating up. While scouts are excited about this year's rookie class, few first-year players offer the combination of power, technique and reliability that Rubin provides. He may not be the most well-known defensive tackle but had a market waiting for him. Teams tend to pay for position and scheme-versatile interior linemen who have started 88 games over the past six seasons.
The financial details of Rubin's deal were unavailable.
While re-signing Rubin is a good start, John Schneider have his staff have plenty of work to do still with Bruce Irvin, Russell Okung and J.R. Sweezy each expected to fetch big money on the open market.