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Cole's signing gives Seahawks flexibility

3/1/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Seahawks' signing of 330-pound defensive tackle Colin Cole gives them needed bulk up front and additional flexibility heading into the draft.

Signing receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who left Seattle to visit with the Vikings, would put the Seahawks in an even better position.

Every significant move the Seahawks make affects how the team might use the fourth overall pick in the draft.

Signing Cole means the Seahawks will not be pursuing Cowboys free-agent defensive lineman Chris Canty. The move might also make Seattle less likely to reach in the draft for defensive tackle B.J. Raji, if you consider such a move as a reach. Signing Houshmandzadeh might alleviate pressure to select Michael Crabtree or another receiver early in the draft.

Cole stands only 6-foot-1, same as Brandon Mebane. Seattle now has a couple of short and stout defensive tackles. Cole has seven starts since entering the league in 2003.