Staying in Seattle, Jefferson should be in the mix to see extended snaps at defensive end and defensive tackle in 2019.
Though an extension for a certain high-profile quarterback has yet to come to fruition as the team starts organized activities, the Seahawks did finalize one signing on Monday.
According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, versatile defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson has signed his original-round restricted free agent tender, keeping him in Seattle for next season.
By placing the tender on Jefferson last month, the Seahawks opened the door for other teams to try and sign him. However, any team who signed the former Maryland standout to an offer sheet would’ve had to give up a fifth-round pick as compensation if Seattle chose not to match.
Now under contract for next season, the 26-year old Jefferson will earn $2.025 million in 2019.
Only one season removed from being released at the end of training camp by the Seahawks and spending a brief spell with the Rams practice squad, Jefferson enjoyed his finest season in 2018, starting 12 games across from Frank Clark at defensive end and finishing with 25 tackles, 3.0 sacks, 15 quarterback hits.
The 291-pound Jefferson also gave Seattle valuable snaps reducing inside as a defensive tackle on pass rushing downs.
In three NFL seasons, Jefferson has appeared in a total of 25 games for Seattle, recording 33 tackles, 4.0 sacks, and six tackles for loss.