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Seahawks trade demoted DE Fisher to Titans for draft choice

SEATTLE -- Defensive end Bryce Fisher, who had been benched by Seattle after starting for two seasons, has been traded to Tennessee.

Fisher's agent, Peter Schaffer, confirmed the deal Tuesday. A seven-year veteran, Fisher had been replaced by the faster Darryl Tapp, the Seahawks' second-round draft choice in 2006.

Fisher is the second Seattle player the Titans have added since June under new general manager Mike Reinfeldt, who joined Tennessee after working as a player personnel executive with the Seahawks. The Titans picked up cornerback Kelly Herndon in June after he was cut by Seattle.

The Titans have been looking to add depth at defensive end to help Kyle Vanden Bosch. Antwan Odom and Travis LaBoy have struggled with injuries their first three seasons.

"He understands the business of pro football," Schaffer said of the former Air Force and graduate of the Air Force Academy. "He's excited about this next chapter in his career, and he has fond memories of the greatest period of his NFL career, which included starting in the Super Bowl."

The 30-year-old Fisher made 36 regular-season and postseason starts from 2005-06, including the Super Bowl two seasons ago. His sacks went from a career-high nine in '05 to four last season. He was a seventh-round pick of Buffalo in 2001 who played one season for the Bills and three with the St. Louis Rams before signing as a free agent with his hometown team before the 2005 season.

Seattle will receive an undisclosed draft pick for Fisher.

The trade completes the team's upgrade of its pass rush. Seattle gave Patrick Kerney $19.5 million in guarantees to sign from Atlanta as a free agent to replace the slowing Grant Wistrom, then promoted the faster Tapp. Then the Seahawks traded last week for undersized, quick end Jason Babin, a former No. 1 draft choice of the Houston Texans.

Kerney and Tapp each had 1½ sacks in Sunday's 20-6 victory over Tampa Bay. Fisher played sparingly and did not record a tackle. Babin, still learning the defense, was inactive.

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