Brandon Mebane stays with Seattle Seahawks

Bringing back defensive tackle Brandon Mebane was identified as the Seahawks’ biggest priority in free agency. Now they’ve done it.

Seahawks G.M. John Schneider confirmed that Mebane will return.

“Being able to re-sign one of your own guys who’s a hot commodity in free agency is huge for us,” Schneider said, per Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times. “He wanted to stay here. We wanted him to stay here. Similar to Matt [Hasselbeck], we tried doing something before free agency and it didn’t work out. And then, we were able to keep the lines of communication open right after [the lockout] and everything came back on.”

Mebane was a 2007 third-round draft pick and has started 53 games in four seasons in Seattle.