Redding outlines expected role with Seattle

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Cory Redding hopes to drop another 12 pounds to get to 285 as he transitions to a defensive end on running downs and an interior pass rusher on passing downs.

That was one of the highlights from Redding's conference call with reporters Monday following the trade that sent him from Detroit to Seattle for linebacker Julian Peterson.

Redding has been playing as a three-technique defensive tackle since injuries to teammates precipitated the move from end during the 2006 season. Redding's role in Seattle could evolve. For now, though, Redding put it this way: "There has been some talk about flirting around with me at end on first and second down, then to tackle on passing downs."

Redding also said former Seahawks defensive tackles Chuck Darby, now with the Lions, and Marcus Tubbs, now retired, told him he was walking into a good situation. Redding and Tubbs played together at the University of Texas. Darby told Redding he would "love it" in Seattle.