The Seattle Seahawks and tight end Ed Dickson reportedly came to terms Friday on a three-year contract worth up to $14 million.
Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network first reported the free-agent signing. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com provided the deal’s financial details.
The 30-year-old University of Oregon product is coming off a 2017 campaign where he tallied 30 catches for 437 yards and a touchdown in 12 starts. It represented his best statistical season in Carolina, where he often worked as a backup to Greg Olsen, who was injured much of last season.
In January, he told Bryan Strickland of the Panthers website he didn’t mind playing behind one of the league’s best tight ends, but he was also hopeful about his own future.
“I’m playing some of my best football right now,” Dickson said. “I’m excited about the next chapter. Wherever it leads me, I’m going to put my best foot forward.”
The California native has recorded 178 receptions for 1,985 yards and 12 scores in 124 NFL games.
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Seattle’s starting tight end last season, Jimmy Graham officially signed with the Packers Thursday night (sending out a goodbye note to Seattle Friday morning) while backup Luke Willson is taking a visit to Jacksonville after visiting Carolina on Thursday.
While Dickson has shown he can produce as a receiver his main niche has been as a blocker — Pro Football Focus rated him as the top pass-blocking tight end in the NFL last season, though he was 56th in run blocking (by comparison, Graham was rated 14th in pass blocking, 34th in run blocking).
Seattle will certainly have more than three tight ends on its roster when camp begins so expect the Seahawks to continue to scour the tight end market.
The signing of Dickson comes a day after the Seahawks declined to sign former UW star Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who instead agreed to a two-year deal with Jacksonville worth up to $11 million.
The money, though, seems to indicate that the Seahawks just preferred Dickson to Seferian-Jenkins. Dickson just finished a three-year, $6.1 million deal with the Panthers, meaning the Seahawks more than doubled his salary (based on base average per year) as he heads into what will be years 31, 32 and 33 (he turns 31 in July).
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