Monroe query is natural, but Carroll says Hawks ‘in good shape’ at LT

Salary cap logoAs the Seahawks work to reconstruct their offensive line this year, it was natural to ask whether they might have any interest in Eugene Monroe after Baltimore cut him Wednesday.

The answer: Sure, if he’s cheap. But he won’t be — he was due $6.5 million next season. Of course, he also might not be healthy: He has missed 15 games the past two seasons.

The Seahawks have about $9.6 million in salary cap space — really about $4 million for any free agents. The most they might be willing or able to spend on Monroe would be perhaps $2.5 million — they could add $1.3 million to that if they cut Bradley Sowell, who was signed to back up/push Garry Gilliam at left tackle.

But some other team — perhaps the New York Giants — seems very likely to pay Monroe more than that $3.8 million.

On top of that, the Seahawks seem intent on letting Gilliam take over for Russell Okung at left tackle, where Gilliam had worked until being moved over to right tackle last year.

“I think we are in good shape (at left tackle),” Pete Carroll said in March. “It’s very fortunate that we have Garry Gilliam. The combination of the fact that he played this year 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.”

The Hawks seem set on starting camp with this quintet: Gilliam, Mark Glowinski, Justin Britt, Germain Ifedi, J’Marcus Webb.

However it works out, Carroll is not worried about it. As he said in March, “I think you guys are real concerned about this spot — we’re really not. We’re excited to see how it turns out.”

After adding Ifedi and two other blockers in the draft, he was even more confident, saying, “This is really an exciting time for us because we know that there’s some really good things here and we have to put it together. We don’t quite know yet. And we’re OK with that. You guys might not be, but we’re OK with that.”

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