There’s no sign the Seahawks were interested in Ryan Clady, despite their major need at left tackle, but apparently — if they had been interested — they could have gotten him for a Day 3 pick and $6 million.
That’s what the Jets reportedly gave the Broncos on Sunday — replacing the retiring D’Brickashaw Ferguson with Clady, who was available because Denver signed Russell Okung away from the Seahawks. Instead of possibly replacing Okung in Seattle, Clady is joining former Seahawks James Carpenter and Breno Giacomini in New York.
The Seahawks apparently have no interest in adding another veteran tackle before the draft. As John Schneider told 710 ESPN last week: “We addressed (the offensive line) early in free agency, we’ll address it again in the draft and then we’ll see what’s happening this summer.”
Thus, it’s no surprise the Seahawks were not in on Clady, who is recovering from an ACL injury. The only other veteran they might add — notwithstanding a trade for Joe Thomas — is Will Beatty. But they seem content with the idea of Garry Gilliam moving to the left side.
“I think we are in good shape,” Pete Carroll said at the league meetings last month. “It’s very fortunate that we have Garry Gilliam. The combination of the fact that he played (in 2015) and did a good job, he gained the starter’s mentality and all that, we think we have an athlete who is really equipped to play that spot.”
Of course, Carroll also mentioned Bradley Sowell and J’Marcus Webb as possibilities — not what anyone wants to hear. But, as usual, he doesn’t care what anyone else thinks.
“I think you guys are real concerned about this spot — we’re really not,” he said. “We’re excited to see how it turns out.”
Unmentioned were draft possibilities. Jason Spriggs seems the most likely left tackle candidate — probably after a slight trade down from Seattle’s position at No. 26. Most other draft options likely would still leave Gilliam leading the left tackle battle.
“We have to figure it out as we go,” Carroll said, “but I’ve never been worried about that. We just want it to happen quickly and get the thing situated as quickly as we can.”