Hamlin, a free agent, has visited with the Saints.
On Thursday, Grant and his agent hammered out the deal that will make Grant one of the highest-paid safeties in the league. His signing bonus, though unspecified at this time, is believed to exceed the $11.1 million given to Dallas’ Roy Williams and is the biggest given to a safety in NFL history, according to ESPN.com’s John Clayton.
Selected in the second round of the 2000 draft by the Carolina Panthers, the 6’2”, 210-pound Tennessee graduate was signed by the Jaguars in 2004. He has amassed 406 tackles, 18 interceptions and 48 passes defensed in his career.
The Seahawks need leadership in the secondary – it was obvious that they missed the veteran savvy of safety Marquand Manuel in 2006 after Manuel signed with the Green Bay Packers. Grant will be expected to become the quarterback of the defensive backfield and provide more reliable coverage than Hamlin sometimes did. Hamlin, Seattle’s second-round draft choice in 2003, remains unsigned, though some teams have shown some interest.
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