KIRKLAND, Wash. - The Seattle Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer report that defensive end Baraka Atkins, the first of the Seattle Seahawks' 2007 two fourth-round draft choices, has agreed to contract terms.
The Times says Atkins, from the University of Miami, is expected to sign a multi-year deal Wednesday.
Atkins joins veteran ends Patrick Kerney, Bryce Fisher and Darryl Tapp as the top four players at right and left defensive end currently on the Seahawks depth chart.
The Seahawks released center Nick Jones last week and kicker Tyler Jones Tuesday to make room on the roster for defensive tackle Brandon Mebane and Atkins.
Mebane, the Seahawks' third-round pick from California, signed with the Seahawks Tuesday. Maryland cornerback Josh Wilson, Seattle's second-round pick, is unsigned.
The Seahawks' rookies are scheduled to report for training camp Thursday. The team's veterans will report for camp on Saturday, with the first practice scheduled for Sunday morning.
Training camp is being held at the team's headquarters in Kirkland for the first time since 1996, after the players and coaches traveled to Eastern Washington University in Cheney the past 10 summers.