Why the Seahawks should sign Mario Williams to a big-money contract

The Seahawks should make a big splash this offseason by signing Mario Williams.

The team has a long-term deal in place for Williams to make about $8 million this year and a little more than $10 million in 2019.

If the Seahawks decide to re-sign him, he’ll become the team’s longest-tenured player.

Williams was released by the Steelers after two seasons and the Seahawks also released defensive end Chris Clemons.

Williams will likely command a big contract from the Steelers, which is why the team could sign him to a contract of $8-10 million annually.

The Seahawks also have a number of talented defensive ends, including defensive tackle Tyron Smith and linebackers Michael Bennett and Richard Sherman.

Williams, 28, has played in all 16 games in each of his three seasons with the Steelers.

The Steelers also signed linebacker Ben Roethlisberger, who signed a three-year, $36.7 million deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Williams and Roethisberger have played together for the past two seasons.

Williams had five sacks and five forced fumbles in 2016, when he won the Defensive Player of the Year award.

Williams finished the season with 10.5 sacks, including a team-high six forced fums.

He also recorded 10 tackles for loss and five sacks.

He was also named a first-team All-Pro.

Williams’ salary could come in a couple of ways.

He could make the team if he stays healthy.

If Williams is on the active roster, the Seahawks can designate him to the practice squad.

If he’s on the practice roster, he would become an unrestricted free agent after the season.

If not, the team can re-signed him.

Williams would be the third defensive end signed by the team in the past few days, joining defensive tackle Michael Bennett (signed on Monday) and linebacker Thomas Davis (signed Tuesday).

The Steelers have a pair of veteran free agents in defensive end Cameron Heyward and running back Le’Veon Bell, who are both free agents.

Bell, 28 in December, is expected to become a free agent.

Heyward, 27 in March, signed a two-year deal worth $18 million.

The franchise tag for Bell is expected be in the $10-12 million range.