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Seahawks sign a new lineman – but it’s on the defensive side

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 21: Defensive end Damontre Moore #98 of the New York Giants reacts against the Minnesota Vikings during a game at MetLife Stadium on October 21, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

SEATTLE – There was lots of speculation that the Seattle Seahawks would wind up with a new lineman on the NFL’s trade deadline.

But with the offensive line struggling mightily in recent weeks, not many people predicted it would be on the defensive side of the ball.

The Seahawks (4-2-1) signed defensive end Damontre Moore on Tuesday, a 2013 third-round pick who had 70 tackles and 8.5 sacks in 42 games with the New York Giants.

For the next two or three weeks, the Seahawks will be without the services of defensive end Michael Bennett after he undergoes knee surgery Wednesday.

To make room on the roster, Seattle waived defensive end Malliciah Goodman.

There had been widespread speculation that Seattle would try to trade for either Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas or San Francisco 49ers tackle Joe Staley.

The Seahawks, who are coming off a loss to New Orleans and a tie against the Arizona Cardinals, will play the Buffalo Bills (4-4) next week on Monday Night Football.