Seahawks address position of need by bringing back TE Noah Fant, AP sources say

Mon, Mar 11, 2024
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Seahawks address position of need by bringing back TE Noah Fant, AP sources say

RENTON, Wash. (AP) - The Seattle Seahawks agreed with tight end Noah Fant on a two-year deal worth up to $21 million, two people with knowledge of the deal said Monday.

They spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the signing. Bleacher Report first reported the agreement, which was Seattle's first move on a hectic first day of free agency.

Bringing back Fant gives Seattle some certainty at a position that suddenly became a need. The Seahawks released Will Dissly to save salary cap space and lost Colby Parkinson in the opening hours of free agency.

Dissly reached agreement with the Los Angeles Chargers and Parkinson agreed to a deal with the Los Angeles Rams.

Those departures give Fant the chance to become the primary tight end target for Seattle after spending the past couple of seasons in a rotation. Fant landed in Seattle as part of the trade that sent Russell Wilson to Denver before the 2022 season.

Fant had 50 receptions for 486 yards and four touchdowns in his first season with the Seahawks. His numbers dipped in 2023, when he finished with 32 catches for 414 yards and failed to find the end zone for the first time in his career.

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Fant was a first-round pick by the Broncos in 2019 and had a career-high 68 catches in his final season with the Broncos. New Seattle offensive coordinator Ryan Grubb showed an inclination for using tight ends in the passing game at his previous stop as the offensive coordinator with Washington, which could bode well for Fant.

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