Seahawks Sign OT Luke Joeckel
The Seahawks got in on the free agency action on Thursday evening by signing former no.2 overall pick, Luke Joeckel. Joeckel has signed a one-year deal for around $8m and was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The 6’6, 306lb lineman spent most of his career in Jacksonville at left tackle. With 30 of his 34 NFL starts coming there. He was replaced by Kelvin Beachum last year before a move inside to guard. That move seemed to show promise but a torn ACL and MCL ended his 2016 season early.
The Jaguars appear to have made little attempt to keep hold of the former Texas A&M Aggie. But the Seahawks acted swiftly to add him to their mix.
He will almost certainly find his home at either side of the line in Seattle, either as a experienced-upgrade on George Fant or replace the RFA Garry Gilliam. With some of the deals already flying around in the early stages of free agency, a one-year deal is easily digestable.
Adding a tackle was a clear need and focus point for the team entering the free agency period. Doing that so quickly ‘ticks a box’ as GM John Schneider put it.
With talk of a visit with former Packers G T.J Lang, it is clear the team are not done however. Beefing up the interior would really open up the draft for the Seahawks.
But for now, the Seahawks are looking to spark the career of a former top-5 pick. Someone who has started more games than 4 of the 5 linemen the Seahawks had in week 17.
An upgrade, albeit slight, with a high ceiling if new surroundings light up Joeckel who is still only 25.
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