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Friday, March 9, 2007 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Seahawks haul in safety, cut Wistrom

Seattle Times staff reporter

The Seahawks have agreed to terms of a contract with safety Deon Grant, an unrestricted free agent from Jacksonville, according to ESPN.com.

"One reason I considered coming to Seattle is the fact that they've been to the playoffs for four years straight," Grant told the Florida Times-Union Thursday. "They're definitely there."

Grant flew to Seattle along with new defensive end Patrick Kerney on Tuesday, and Kerney said he used their time together on Paul Allen's plane to pitch him.

On Thursday, Grant decided to join Kerney with the Seahawks.

"They're missing a few pieces, but I think with guys like Patrick [Kerney] and myself, we'll be able to make some things happen on that defense," Grant said to the Times-Union. "You bring in guys with playoff experience and Super Bowl experience with a coach that already has Super Bowl experience, we really feel like we can make it happen here in Seattle."

Grant, 27, is a free safety, the same position Ken Hamlin played for the Seahawks last season. Hamlin, like Grant, is an unrestricted free agent.

Grant entered the NFL as a second-round pick in 2000. He played three years with Carolina before leaving for Jacksonville as a free agent in 2003. Seattle cleared some salary-cap space to make the addition by releasing defensive end Grant Wistrom on Thursday.

Wistrom, 30, was Seattle's big-budget addition in free agency three years ago.

He was released a day after the Seahawks introduced their newest big-budget addition at defensive end, Kerney.

Wistrom totaled 32 sacks in four seasons with St. Louis before he came to Seattle, where he was offered a contract so large it surprised even him. He received a $14 million signing bonus, then a club record. He totaled 11.5 sacks in three seasons with Seattle, and was bothered by several injuries.

The Seahawks won't be responsible for paying Wistrom the $3.5 million he would have been owed in 2007. There is still a cost, though. Half of Wistrom's $14 million signing bonus must still be accounted for under Seattle's salary cap. The impact will be spaced out over the next two years because the Seahawks designated him as a post-June 1 release. Each team gets two such designations.

Wistrom, who was a Seahawks captain during the team's Super Bowl season of 2005, is a nine-year pro. He will count $2.3 million against Seattle's 2007 cap and $4.7 million in 2008.

NOTES

• The Seahawks hosted visits from RB T.J. Duckett and S Brian Russell on Thursday. Russell was with the Cleveland Browns the past two seasons.

• G Floyd Womack visited Pittsburgh on Thursday, but the Seahawks remain in the picture as well. Former Hawk Alex Bannister, a former special-teams Pro Bowler with Seattle, also visited the Steelers.

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