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Seahawks release Deon Grant, re-sign Tapp
Veteran safety Deon Grant, who spent the past three seasons as a starter in the Seattle Seahawks secondary, was released by the team on Monday.
Deon GrantGrant, 31, has been in the NFL for 10 years and never missed a start over the past nine seasons with Carolina, Jacksonville and Seattle.
The Seahawks also announced the re-signing of defensive end Darryl Tapp, along with the release of deep snapper Matt Overton.
Earlier in the day, the team announced the signing of free-agent wide receiver Ruvell Martin, formerly with Green Bay and St. Louis.
Tapp signed his restricted free-agent qualifying offer, which was a second-round tender of about $1.2 million for the upcoming season.
Tapp's return is not a surprise, nor is Grant's release given he still has $17 million in non-guaranteed money owed in the final three years of his original six-year pact.
Grant's salary was for $4 million for the coming season, $6 million in 2011 and $7 million in 2012. With the Seahawks looking to get younger and start fresh with a new coaching regime, he was one of the veterans whose future has been in doubt.
His release leaves Jordan Babineaux and Jamar Adams as the only returning safeties at this point. Lawyer Milloy, 36, was also on the team at the end of last season, but he is an unrestricted free agent and obviously is near the end of his career.
Grant recorded 224 tackles, eight interceptions and one fumble recovery in three seasons for Seattle. He started all 48 games with Seattle and has a string of 144 straight games in the NFL despite finishing last season with ligament damage in his thumb that forced him to wear a cast.
Overton signed with Seattle on February 12 as a deep-snapping candidate out of Western Washington.
Tapp, 25, had 49 tackles and 2 1/2 sacks last year and has 18 sacks in his four seasons with the club.
I actually followed the 2000 draft very closely and was a huge Deon Grant fan and actually remember wanting the Jets to draft him. The scouting report on him then was that he was a tall ball-hawking FS with very good height/speed, but that he wasn't all that willing to get his jersey dirty in the run-game.
I haven't caught a lot of Panther/Seahawk games over the past 10 years, so I can't really speak to how good/bad Grant is, but he's been a starter since the day he was drafted, so he obviously turned out to be a good pick in the second round of the 2000 draft.