Smith, 25, is expected to sign with Jack Del Rio and his revamped defense, the team announced. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Smith signed a two-year, $7 million deal.
With a healthy roster placing walls around him, Smith played in fewer than 30 percent of the team's defensive snaps during the regular season and in just two during a white knuckle win over the Green Bay Packers in the conference title game.
The move underscores what has been happening to Seattle each of the last three seasons. While the marquee stars get locked up, their valuable depth -- the true core of their roster -- continues to get plucked by curious general managers looking to turn their fortunes around.
It doesn't look like it will slow down any time soon, either.