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The Seahawks continued to bolster their defensive line with addition of veteran defensive tackle Al Woods, whom the team reportedly signed to a one-year deal Friday. The move isn’t nearly as splashy as the signing of former Lions pass rusher Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah, but for 710 ESPN Seattle’s Brock Huard, Woods was signed to occupy a role the Seahawks have leaned on for years.

Why was Woods the choice at defensive tackle?

“Humility, and comfort and background,” Huard said during his Blue 42 segment of Brock and Salk Monday morning. “He was here a long time ago with Pete Carroll. Woods has now been with more teams in the NFL (five) than he has sacks in his nine-year career (four-and-a-half). He is not a guy who is going to give you any upfield push. But I say ‘humility’ in that (his mentality is going to be) ‘You want me to eat up these two blocks? I’ll eat them up.’

“Last year, according to Pro Football Focus, Woods’ D-tackle ranking was really low. The season before that? He was a top-15 guy as far as defensive tackles in the league go, of holding the point, of doing your job, of making people around you better. Basically, (he is) what Shamar Stephen has done in this system; what Tony McDaniel has done. That position is to eat up two dudes, and free up Bobby Wagner, free up K.J. Wright, and free up the others to go and get it done. Play your early downs — that’s what he’s going to be asked to do.”

Woods appeared in two games for the Seahawks in 2011. Since then, he’s played at nose tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans, and most recently, with the Indianapolis Colts. Over the course of his career, the 32-year-old has appeared in 111 games, and recorded three passes defended, 4.5 sacks, and 172 combined tackles.

Huard also answered questions about quarterback Geno Smith, who is reportedly expected to sign with the Seahawks, and potential replacements for wide receiver Doug Baldwin. Listen to Monday’s full Blue 42 segment in the audio clip embedded above, or on Brock and Salk’s podcast page.

May 11 (UPI) — Veteran defensive tackle Al Woods has signed with the Seattle Seahawks, according to his agency.

Woods, 32, played two games for Seattle in 2011. He started 24 games over the last two seasons with the Indianapolis Colts.

Woods had 24 tackles in 14 games last season. He began his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2010.

His agency, SportsTrustAdvisors disclosed the terms but NFL Media reported Woods signed a one-year contract worth $2.25 million.

Woods previously visited the Lions this offseason. He left Detroit without a contract.

Seattle signed defensive end Ziggy Ansah earlier this week. Ansah was a first-round pick of the Lions in 2013 and has 48 career sacks.

On offense, the Steelers are the same Steelers we have seen the past couple of years, using short passes, screens and intermediate throws to get the ball into the hands of wide receivers Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders and generate yards after the catch. They also remain dedicated to the run despite their struggles. The biggest change from Week 7, though, is that they are more often using the no-huddle offense with three wide receivers to get quarterback Ben Roethlisberger into a rhythm. On defense, the Steelers still use their 3-4 zone blitz scheme, of course, but unlike the first half of the season, they are…

Former LSU defensive lineman Al Woods signed with the Seattle Seahawks Friday, Woods’ agency, Sports Trust Advisors, announced on social media.

The Seahawks will make the seventh NFL team Woods has played for during his 10 years. The Seahawks wanted a run-stuffing defensive tackle, and Pete Carroll got his man in Woods.

Woods previously played with the Seahawks during the 2011 season. He last played for the Colts in 2018.

The Louisiana-native was originally drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Saints. New Orleans later released Woods the same year even after he signed a four-year contract. His best season came during the 2017 season with the Colts, where he made a combination of 44 tackles and one sack.

Woods finished his LSU career with 73 tackles, eight tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. He started all 13 games for the Tigers as a senior in 2009.

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Free-agent defensive tackle Al Woods has agreed to a one-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks according to his agency.

Woods’ agency, SportsTrust Advisers, announced the agreement on social media on Friday night.

Earlier in the day, the Seahawks officially announced the signing of defensive end Ezekiel Ansah after the sides agreed to a one-year deal earlier in the week. Ansah missed a significant portion of last season due to shoulder injuries that required offseason surgery. Seattle released defensive end Nate Orchard to clear a roster spot for Ansah.

Woods spent the past two seasons with Indianapolis where he started 24 of 30 regular-season games. Woods had a career-high 44 tackles in 2017 and had 24 tackles last season. Woods will add depth to Seattle’s defensive tackle rotation.

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Free-agent defensive tackle Al Woods has agreed to a one-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks according to his agency.

Woods’ agency, SportsTrust Advisers, announced the agreement on social media on Friday night.

Earlier in the day, the Seahawks officially announced the signing of defensive end Ezekiel Ansah after the sides agreed to a one-year deal earlier in the week. Ansah missed a significant portion of last season due to shoulder injuries that required offseason surgery. Seattle released defensive end Nate Orchard to clear a roster spot for Ansah.

Woods spent the past two seasons with Indianapolis where he started 24 of 30 regular-season games. Woods had a career-high 44 tackles in 2017 and had 24 tackles last season. Woods will add depth to Seattle’s defensive tackle rotation.

Earlier in the day, the Seahawks officially announced the signing of defensive end Ezekiel Ansah after the sides agreed to a one-year deal earlier in the week. Ansah missed a significant portion of last season due to shoulder injuries that required offseason surgery. Seattle released defensive end Nate Orchard to clear a roster spot for Ansah.

Woods spent the past two seasons with Indianapolis where he started 24 of 30 regular-season games. Woods had a career-high 44 tackles in 2017 and had 24 tackles last season. Woods will add depth to Seattle’s defensive tackle rotation.

So far Woods’ hard work has earned him nine years in the NFL where he has played for the Tennessee Titans, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Pittsburgh Steelers and now the Indianapolis Colts. Last season, Woods’ first season with the Colts, he had a career high of 20 tackles. This season Woods has 10 tackles across 14 games.

During the season, Woods is not near the farm to help him clear his head before a big game, but he has another not-so-secret weapon to keep himself in a good pre-game mental state: his children. Playing with his children is his favorite way to prep for a game as it puts him in the right mindset, especially at this time of year.

“Christmas is coming, so I’m just always looking forward to watching the kids open their gifts and seeing their happy faces,” Woods said.

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