Shamar Stephen signs with Seahawks

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The remaking of the Seahawks defense continued Saturday with the team’s announcement that they have signed defensive tackle Shamar Stephen.

The team did not announce any terms of the deal with the former member of the Vikings. Stephen joins Tom Johnson, another former Viking, as new additions to a defensive line that saw Sheldon Richardson leave Seattle to sign in Minnesota.

Stephen was a seventh-round pick in 2014 and played in 52 games for the Vikings over the last four years. He was a starter in 2016, but moved back into a reserve role last season while appearing in 15 regular season games and one playoff contest. He had 28 tackles and a sack in those outings.

Stephen and Johnson join Jarran Reed and Nazair Jones at defensive tackle for the Seahawks. 2017 second-round pick Malik McDowell could also figure into the mix, although his health is a question mark after last year’s ATV accident.

35 responses to “Shamar Stephen signs with Seahawks

  1. Knew this was going down. Between the Seahawks and Panthers, it was a feeding frenzy on the Vikings after Cousins and Richardson signings. Highest compliment was paid to the Vikes 2018 stocked talent by the raids. Spielman is probably giggling to himself on the compensatory picks that will be allotted to the Men in Purple in 2019. Now it’s up to Spielman and crew to address the depth issue via the draft, UFA’s and cherry picking someone else roster after final cuts.

  2. Seattle grabs the starting 3T Dt from the Vikings last year who had a year close statistically to Richardson’s and an experienced backup who was his teammate for half the guaranteed money of the Richardson contract. Winner Seattle. Thanks Minn.

  3. dolphins4 says:
    March 25, 2018 at 10:51 am
    The Seahawks are shopping in the clearance isle this year.

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    What island is that?

  4. stucats says:
    March 25, 2018 at 11:11 am
    wow, actually surprised to see that dud wore #93 in Minny, didn’t John Randle wear #93?
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    Yes then Kevin Williams wore it for 10 years after that. The Vikings have 6 retired numbers so it will be hard to get any more. Moss, Randle and Peterson will be next in line.

  5. hdavid61 says:
    March 25, 2018 at 10:59 am
    Seattle grabs the starting 3T Dt from the Vikings last year who had a year close statistically to Richardson’s and an experienced backup who was his teammate for half the guaranteed money of the Richardson contract. Winner Seattle. Thanks Minn.
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    Without Linval Joseph next to them you wont’ get close to the production they had with the Vikings, not to mention the best defensive coaching in the NFL belongs to the Vikings. I guarantee you Tom and Stephan are not happy they had to move on and leave a world class organization like the Vikings. They will struggle in Seattle.

  6. Stephan was a good player as a back up. Johnson is getting older but is still serviceable. Jaleel Johnson will assume Johnson’s role behind Richardson. The draft will get us a backup NT. Best of luck to them both. #Skol

  7. stucats says:
    March 25, 2018 at 11:11 am
    wow, actually surprised to see that dud wore #93 in Minny, didn’t John Randle wear #93?
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    Yes then Kevin Williams wore it for 10 years after that. The Vikings have 6 retired numbers so it will be hard to get any more. Moss, Randle and Peterson will be next in line.

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    Moss already retired, Randle next, could care less about Peterson. Hopefully they don’t retire his number.

  8. Stephen and Johnson are solid players, but more aptly described as solid role-playing back-ups. Both wear down if used other than a rotational basis. Any team that relies on them to be starters must have serious depth issues. Maybe that’s not the case with the Hawks, but the dude comparing these guys to Richardson should watch some Vikings games they started.

  9. Maybe that’s not the case with the Hawks, but the dude comparing these guys to Richardson should watch some Vikings games they started.

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    Did you bother watching any of the Seahawks games Richardson started? Other than a couple of turnovers during the year he was largely invisible. I am surprised about that too because I was expecting much more when he signed with the Seahawks. He was supposed to be dominant but was just another DT. Stats were meh and the Hawks got ran on.

  10. Hdavid61
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    Richardson was double teamed on pretty much every snap versus Tom Johnson who saw a single blocker on every snap. Given that disparity Richardson still had 50% more tackles, hurries, pressures and hits. His sack numbers will look even better with single coverage next to Linval in 2018.

    Face it, Seattle likes the Vikings sloppy seconds and it never really works for them… Sidney Rice, Percy Harvin (ouch), Nate Burleson, Tavaris Jackson, Daren Bevell and the last year of all of our HOF’ers career with Randle, Winfield and Williams. Its sad really. At least you guys have a QB who is hated by all of his teammates.

  11. If Seattle wants to plug in mediocre talent to fill holes, then they have achieved that. Johnson was a castoff from Saints that got better under the Vikings DL coach Andre Patterson and Coach Zimmer. The plan for for Floyd (1st rd pick) to eventually get over his injury, but a botched surgery cut his nerve and he’ll never play again. That forced the Vikings to play Tom Johnson (reserve) and move Stephen (NT) to the 3 technique and start. Both can get the job done, but Johnson is old and Stephen was a 7th round pick for a reason. Good luck Seattle, we’ll take the 1st round talent as their replacement. Seattle loses to MN in this off-season move once again.

  12. Stephen is a good role player / backup, but not a guy who is starting caliber full time. Jaleel Johnson has more upside and will take over his role in what will prove to be an upgrade.

  13. Everybody knew he would have been signed by either Seattle or Carolina. My biggest question of the off season is, how did both teams let Las Vegas sign Lemur?

    I have a picture of myself, wearing a Vikings jersey, while standing on the Metronome turf. I think that’s enough for me to get a rookie minimum contract from Seattle or Carolina.

  14. “Spielman is probably giggling to himself on the compensatory picks that will be allotted to the Men in Purple in 2019.”

    Since size of contract and such is part of the equation for comp picks, I don’t think the Vikes should get their hopes up too high. B/t Cousins and Richardson, that is gonna make it pretty tough to win in the comp pick equation.

  15. Thegreatjimbrown
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    I agree that we won’t get any picks for Stephen… but Keenum and Bradford balance out those signings. Past that, McKinnon and possibly Bridgewater (if he hits his escalators) will possibly net some comp picks… not that they should be counted on.

  16. Since size of contract and such is part of the equation for comp picks, I don’t think the Vikes should get their hopes up too high. B/t Cousins and Richardson, that is gonna make it pretty tough to win in the comp pick equation.
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    Rules and Formula
    Compensatory picks are based on the salary, playing time and postseason honors of the free agents each team lost during the previous offseason.

    Free Agents The Vikings Have Actually Signed
    Quarterback Kirk Cousins to a three-year, $84 million contract.
    Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson to a one-year, $11 million deal.
    Offensive lineman Tom Compton

    Minnesota Vikings’ In-House Free Agents
    Sam Bradford, QB (UFA) – Reportedly signing with the Arizona Cardinals; deal reportedly a one-year, $20 million deal ($15 million guaranteed) and an option for a second year at the same price.
    Teddy Bridgewater, QB (UFA) – Reportedly signing with the New York Jets; deal reportedly a one-year deal worth somewhere within the $5-6 million range a maximum of $15 million with incentives.
    Tramaine Brock, CB (UFA) Reportedly signing with the Denver Broncos; 1 year, $4 million dollars.
    Case Keenum, QB (UFA) – Reportedly signing with the Denver Broncos; deal expected to be two years at $18 million/year
    Tom Johnson, DT (UFA) – Reportedly signing a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks; terms not immediately disclosed.
    Emmanuel Lamur, LB (UFA) – Reportedly signing with the Oakland Raiders; terms of deal not yet disclosed.
    Jerick McKinnon, RB (UFA) Reportedly signing a 4 year, $30 million deal with the San Francisco 49ers
    Jeremiah Sirles, OL (UFA) – Reportedly signing a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers; terms not immediately disclosed.
    Shamar Stephen, DT (UFA) – Reportedly signing a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks; terms not immediately disclosed.

  17. “…Face it, Seattle likes the Vikings sloppy seconds and it never really works for them… Sidney Rice, Percy Harvin (ouch), Nate Burleson, Tavaris Jackson, Daren Bevell and the last year of all of our HOF’ers career with Randle, Winfield and Williams…”
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    Let’s not forget Carl Eller & Warren Moon, although the latter was really just finally coming home to his college stomping grounds.

  18. The hacks legacy will always be the super bowl they lost ,Malcolm butler killed that franchise

  19. Our D-Line is going to be NASTY this season! We’ll find a couple replacements in the draft and Zimm will coach ’em up. These 2 guys were fill-ins. SKOL!!

  20. “…Face it, Seattle likes the Vikings sloppy seconds and it never really works for them… Sidney Rice, Percy Harvin (ouch), Nate Burleson, Tavaris Jackson, Daren Bevell and the last year of all of our HOF’ers career with Randle, Winfield and Williams…”

    As much of a head case as he was, Percy is wearing a SB ring. Regardless of how, how many Vikes can say the same?

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