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Seahawks reach deals with Uchenna Nwosu, Artie Burns

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Los Angeles Chargers outside linebacker Uchenna Nwosu (42) reacts after a play against the Las Vegas Raiders during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, in Las Vegas.
Los Angeles Chargers outside linebacker Uchenna Nwosu (42) reacts after a play against the Las Vegas Raiders during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker) Photo Gallery

RENTON — The Seattle Seahawks made their first two deals outside of their own free agents, agreeing to terms on contracts with defensive end Uchenna Nwosu and cornerback Artie Burns on Wednesday.

Burns’ deal is for one year and worth up to $2 million, while Nwosu’s deal is for two years and worth up to $20 million, according to Drew Rosenhaus who represents both players.

Nwosu started 15 games last season for the Los Angeles Chargers and should immediately provide an additional pass rush source as the Seahawks change their defensive scheme. Nwosu had a career-high five sacks with the Chargers and played 67% of the defensive snaps.

Nwosu was a second-round pick by the Chargers in 2018 out of USC.

Burns is likely a depth addition for the secondary but played last season under Seattle’s new associate head coach Sean Desai in Chicago. Burns started six games for the Bears and appeared in 11 games overall. Burns was a 2016 first-round pick by Pittsburgh and spent his first four seasons playing for the Steelers.

Seattle also agreed to terms with veteran center Austin Blythe, reuniting him with Seattle offensive coordinator Shane Waldron and offensive line coach Andy Dickerson.

Blythe started 47 games between 2018-20 at right guard and center for the Los Angeles Rams when Waldron and Dickerson were coaches there. Blythe spent last season with Kansas City, but appeared in just four games for the Chiefs.

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