The Seahawks have signed free agent defensive tackle Martin Parker. They released TE Michael Palmer to make room for Parker on the 90-man roster. Parker is a guy that got the invite to Seattle's rookie mini-camp back in early May and though the Hawks didn't sign him at that time they apparently kept his number handy.

I wrote about Parker after the 2011 Draft as a possible UDFA target for Seattle and noted then that at 6'2 303 he's an athletic (4.92 40) high-motor quick off the snap 3-tech with an 80 inch wingspan that could come in as versatile depth and has the potential to develop into a starting caliber defensive linemen. Parker was a First Team All American for Richmond his senior year and earned First Team All-Conferance honors each of his four seasons at school. He had 96 tackles 5.5 sacks in 2010 and 13.5 tackles for a loss. He was also named the MVP of the 2011 East-West Shrine Game with a pair of sacks and a forced fumble.

Parker's primary position would be the undertackle spot but he has experience at DE and the NT spot too. Just in watching some of Seattle's training camp practices it's becoming somewhat clear that this team wants guys that can play in both the 4-3 and 3-4 - so versatility is king as they switch from 43 to 34 looks seamlessly. Parker could theoretically play the 5T end in a 4-3 or 3-4 3-technique in a 4-3 or the NT in a 4-3 so it'll be interesting to see what they have in mind for him. Parker actually reminds me a bit of both Jaye Howard and Michael Brooks as undersized but above-average in quicks/agility so it would appear Seattle has a type.