Seahawks, Brandon Mebane agree

Updated: July 29, 2011, 7:00 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

RENTON, Wash. -- Brandon Mebane is returning to Seattle after the Seahawks were able to lock up the free agent defensive tackle with a new contract.

Seattle general manager John Schneider announced Mebane had re-signed on Friday afternoon. The deal is worth $25 million over five years, a source told ESPN.com's John Clayton.

Mebane has spent his entire career with the Seahawks, developing into an important cog in trying to stop the run. Mebane had 35 tackles and one sack in 12 games last season for the Seahawks. Since being drafted in the third round by the Seahawks in 2007, Mebane has started 53 of 59 games.

Along with Mebane, the team confirmed the signings of wide receiver Sidney Rice, offensive lineman Robert Gallery, quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, linebacker Matt McCoy and defensive lineman Alan Branch. Third-round draft pick John Moffitt also has signed, completing the Seahawks draft class.

Mebane was considered a major priority for the Seahawks. He had discussions with the Broncos and Saints, among other teams. Mebane was considered the defensive tackle best suited for a 4-3 defense on the market this year.

The 26-year-old Mebane has been a starter in each of his four NFL seasons with the Seahawks after being selected in the third round of the 2007 draft.

Mebane has started 53 of 59 career regular season games for the Seahawks, missing four games this past season with a calf injury. Mebane had a career-high 40 tackles in 2009 and 5 sacks in 2008, but was asked to clog run lanes more than get to the quarterback last year.

Information from ESPN.com senior NFL writer John Clayton and The Associated Press was used in this report.