A look into the offensive line free agency market
Last year Seattle put a lot of effort into improving this group. No move was bigger than the addition of Offensive Line/Assistant Head Coach Tom Cable.
One would think the Seattle Seahawks have to be active March 13th.
Here’s how I see O-Line shaping up for 2012.
Currently on the Roster:
LT Russell Okung (starter)
Russell Okung is a 24 year old 2010 1st round draft choice with 2 injury hampered seasons of experience. He has started 22 games while missing 10 due to injury. When he has been able to play he is a solid starter.
LG Robert Gallery (starter)
Robert Gallery is a 31 year old mountain of a man with 8 years of experience. He is an extremely talented player who has a bit of a tendancy to make stupid mistakes that you wouldn’t expect from a veteran.
C Max Unger (starter)
Max Unger is a 25 year old 3 year starter, most of his first two seasons were at right guard. He is a natural center and seems to have found a home as the Seahawks starting center. Finally giving the team stability at the position for the first time since former Seahawk Robbie Tobeck retired following the 2006 NFL season.
RG John Moffitt (starter)
John Moffitt is a 25 year old who played in 9 games his rookie season before being placed on injured reserve. He showed improvement throughout the season and I only expect him to get better during his second season.
RT James Carpenter (starter)
James Carpenter is a 22 year old 2011 1st round draft choice who played in 9 games his rookie season before being placed on injured reserve. He struggled with his weight at the beginning of the season. Like John Moffitt, Carpenter continued to improve as the season progressed. I would expect him to continue to improve if he can keep his weight in check.
T Breno Giacomini (backup)
Breno Giacomini is a 26 year old backup who has the ability to step in for a started at anytime and the offense barely skipps a beat. What more can you ask for out of your backup? Nothing, thats why he was rewarded with a 2 year contract extention.
C-G Lemuel Jeanpierre (backup)
G Brent Osborne (backup)
23 year old who is a project/practice squad player.
G Paul Fanaika (backup)
25 year old who is in his fourth season.
T Allen Barbre (backup)
27 years old with 5 years experience. He gives the team a second backup tackle with experience. He has played in 32 games during his career including 7 starts in 2009 as a Packer. John Schneider connection.
T Jerriel King (backup)
25 year old developmental/practice squad type player.
As you can see the Seahawks already have way more offensive lineman under contract then they can keep on the final roster. They could look to upgrade/replace aging guard Robert Gallery or look to add some more veteran depth in free agency.
G Ben Grubbs – 28 year old with 5 years experience. He was a 2011 pro bowler dispite missing 6 games with turf toe. He has already received a “substancial offer” from the Ravens but appears to want to test the market.
He’s a Carroll/Cable type guard who is a maueler and an excellent run blocker.
RT Eric Winston – Winston has started 87 of 92 games with the Texans since he was selected with the 66th overall pick in the 2006 draft. Many say he could start the year at RT for Seattle, and move Carpenter to LG to compete with Gallery.
Do we know when he’ll be healthy? (Carpenter)
G Carl Nicks – 27 year old with 4 years experience. Possibly the best guard in the league but he has the ego to go with it. He has gone on record saying that he wants to become the “highest paid guard in the NFL”.
That makes him at least $3.5 million dollars more per season than Robert Gallery and as much as I would love to have his talent his price tag is a deterent for me.
G Steve Hutchenson – 34 year old who already decided to leave Seattle during his prime, I see no reason to consider bringing him back to ride into the sunset.
G Jake Scott – The soon to be 31 year old is more of a finess type blocker. Jim Mora Jr. would not approve.
G Evan Mathis – At 30 years old he is a solid player but he turns 31 during the season and I just don’t see him as enough of an improvent to waste time and resources on especially since you aren’t getting any younger at the position.
G Mike Brisiel – At 28 I would consider him as replacement at RG but he is a penalty machine and that makes him a no go for me. He has also only started in 16 games once in his 6 years since being drafted.