Seahawks re-sign free agent outside linebacker Mike Morgan to one-year deal

Longtime special teams standout will be given opportunity to compete for playing time with Bruce Irvin moving south to Oakland but the length and dollars of the contract indicate that Seattle may be looking to second-year pro Frank Clark and the 2016 draft for reinforcements at strongside linebacker.

Owner Paul Allen tweeted out Saturday's news, welcoming back free agent outside linebacker Mike Morgan, whom has learned has agreed to a one-year extension to remain in Seattle.

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The 28-year old Morgan has spent his entire NFL career with the Seahawks after signing with the club as an undrafted free agent out of USC where he also played under Pete Carroll. The 6-3, 226 pounder played in 14 games last season, starting twice at strongside linebacker when injuries forced re-shuffling, recording 17 tackles and a sack - the first of his career. The 17 stops were the most since his career-high 19 while playing in all 16 games back in 2013.

Morgan earned some attention on the free agent market, visiting with the Pittsburgh Steelers only yesterday. On Saturday Morgan agreed to a deal with the Seahawks similar to the one he received a year ago. That contract had a base salary of $750,000 with bonuses bringing his total number to a million, which is about what he'll earn in 2016, according to a source.

While a very athletic and durable player, Morgan remains a largely untested player on defense, which likely played a role in his limited interest on the open market. To this point, the vast majority of his plays have come as a standout on special teams coverage units.

Morgan is viewed as the top in-house candidate to replace Bruce Irvin at strongside linebacker. There has been plenty of speculation that last year's top draft pick Frank Clark could also be in Seattle's plans at this position after he played all over the defensive line in his rookie season. This is a position the Seahawks may very well opt to boost in the draft, as well.

With ultra-athletic linebackers Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright already quality candidates to remain on the field in coverage on passing downs, the Seahawks don't necessarily have to prioritize a strongside linebacker - at least not in comparison to addressing the offensive line, for example.

Still, if a unique athlete like Ohio State's Darron Lee or Georgia's Leonard Floyd were on the board at No. 26 overall, don't put it past John Schneider and Carroll to pull another draft-day surprise and keep Clark along the defensive line.

More likely mid-round candidates who would seem to fit Seattle's needs include Utah State's Kyler Fackrell, Maryland's Yannick Ngakoue, Georgia's Jordan Jenkins and Minnesota's De'Vondre Campbell.

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