Seahawks re-sign Mike Davis, Marcus Smith; add DT Tom Johnson

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The Seattle Seahawks announced on Thursday the team had re-signed running back Mike Davis after initially non-tendering him as a restricted free agent.

Additionally, the team has reportedly re-signed defensive end Marcus Smith and agreed to a deal with former Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Tom Johnson, per Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network.

Smith confirmed his return via his Twitter account as well.

The Seahawks announced the signings of Smith and Johnson on Friday afternoon.

Davis spent much of last season on Seattle's practice squad before being elevated to the active roster for the final six games of the regular season. He became Seattle's most productive rusher of the season, gaining 240 yards on 68 carries and catching 15 passes for 131 yards. Davis was able to make defenders miss that other backs were unable to shake most of the year.

Seattle passed on extending Davis a restricted free agent tender and he took a few visits on the free agent market before electing to return to the Seahawks.

Smith appeared in 14 games for Seattle last season, recording 15 tackles, 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. A former first-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle signed Smith to a one-year deal last season. He provides depth at the position with the trade of Michael Bennett to the Eagles and the likelihood that Cliff Avril will be unable to play due to a neck injury.

Johnson, 33, has played seven years in the NFL with the Vikings and New Orleans Saints. An undrafted free agent out of Southern Miss in 2006, Johnson spent time on the practice squad of the Indianapolis Colts in 2006-07 but never made their active roster. After four years bouncing between the Arena League, NFL Europe and Canadian Football League, Johnson finally cracked an NFL roster with the Saints in 2011, where he spent three seasons.

Johnson started 15 games for Minnesota last season in his first year as a full-time starter. Johnson was elevated into a starter role after Sharrif Floyd was diagnosed with nerve damage in his knee following surgery in 2016.

Johnson recorded 32 tackles with two sacks for Minnesota last season. The Vikings signed former Seattle defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson to a one-year deal last week.

Johnson provides needed depth at defensive tackle with Seattle only having Jarran Reed and Nazair Jones as the only tackles on the roster. Malik McDowell is still on the team as well but nothing has changed regarding his football future as he tries to recover from injuries sustained in an ATV accident last July.

Johnson has appeared in 102 career games with 25 starts. He has 162 tackles, 21 sacks, an interception and two forced fumbles.


Photo Credit: MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 27: Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants takes a dive while Tom Johnson #92 of the Minnesota Vikings goes airborne in the second quarter on December 27, 2015 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

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