Thursday, March 21, 2013
Options as Tony McDaniel visits Seahawks
By Mike Sando
Tony McDaniel's scheduled visit with the Seattle Seahawks appears to reflect where the team stands with incumbent starting defensive tackle Alan Branch.
McDaniel, 28, has been a role player for the Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars. He has five starts in seven NFL seasons. McDaniel played between 25 percent and 40 percent of the defensive snaps in 11 appearances with the Dolphins last season.
Branch, also 28, started all 16 games for Seattle last season. He has started all 31 games in which he has appeared for Seattle since signing with the team before the 2011 season.
Branch earned $3.25 million per year with Seattle before becoming an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Signing the 6-foot-7 McDaniel as a lower-cost alternative could provide some insurance for Seattle heading into the draft.
The NFL suspended McDaniel for one game in 2010 following his involvement in a domestic dispute.