When Bradley McDougald was shopping for his next team back in March, the 26-year-old free agent safety had several viable options.

He was on the open market as a starting caliber safety who could play both safety positions and cornerback, and he had started 31 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ last 32 games, tallying a career-high 91 tackles, 10 passes defended and two interceptions in his final season with the Buccaneers in 2016.

McDougald attracted interest from a handful of teams, but Seattle and Cleveland pursued him hardest.

The Seahawks wanted McDougald to back up Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor, play on special teams and fill in wherever he was needed.

The Browns told McDougald the situation in their defensive secondary was fluid, and that he could compete for a starting role.

But even though McDougald grew up in Dublin, Ohio, about two hours southwest of Cleveland, Cleveland, joining the Browns “just wasn’t an appealing situation,” McDougald said.

McDougald took his chances and signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Seahawks in March. He says he respected the organization, got a good vibe from coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider, and liked their vision for his role in with the franchise.