The Seahawks might actually come out of the first weekend of free agency with one of their primary goals — adding better experience to their offensive line — fully accomplished.
On Saturday, the team announced the signing of Luke Joeckel and finished meeting with T.J. Lang, who reportedly had a “great” get-together and could give them an answer Sunday.
In a positive sign, Lang followed the Seahawks on Twitter after the trip (he did not follow the Lions after visiting them).
The Packers and Falcons also were interested in Lang, who figures to get around $8 million a year — possibly with some play-time incentives due to his recent hip surgery.
Lang and Joeckel would bring a lot of position versatility to the Hawks, and Tom Cable surely would tinker around to find his best five over the spring and summer. In eight years with the Packers, Lang has played both guard spots and right tackle — although he has been the right guard for the past four years (a Pro Bowl pick last season). Joeckel, the No. 2 overall pick in 2013, started at left tackle for the Jaguars before moving to left guard last year; the Hawks also could try him at right tackle.
They would mix and match with the five holdovers (left to right): George Fant, Mark Glowinski, Justin Britt, Germain Ifedi, Garry Gilliam. Rees Odhiambo also could factor.
The most sensible thought is that Joeckel would battle Fant at left tackle, Lang would step in at right guard and Ifedi would compete against Gilliam at right tackle, with the final unit perhaps ideally looking like: Joeckel, Glowinski, Britt, Lang, Ifedi. Fant, Gilliam, Odhiambo and Joey Hunt would be the reserves.
Adding Lang along with Joeckel also would mean the Hawks would not have to keep picking through a pretty spartan O-line market or use a draft pick on a lineman in a largely unappealing group of rookies.
Luke Willson’s market has been slow to materialize, with a few better tight ends ahead of him. But it should start to warm up soon, after Lance Kendricks joined Martellus Bennett in Green Bay on Saturday.
Jared Cook is the top tight end left, probably looking at $4 million or $5 million a year. Willson appears to be in a secondary group that includes Mychal Rivera and Gavin Escobar — probably worth around $3 million a year.
The Hawks like Nick Vannett, a 2016 third-round pick, a lot and surely don’t feel any pressure to re-sign Willson outside their budget. Pete Carroll previously said they made an offer to Willson, but the tight end seemed surprised to hear that, which indicates the sides were pretty far apart on value.
Willson likely will end up getting a better offer from some team; but, if he doesn’t, it certainly is possible he could come back for a year and try again in 2018.
The Seahawks reportedly will host Oakland RB Latavius Murray on Tuesday — if he doesn’t sign with Jacksonville after that visit Monday. He would be a fairly cheap addition to Seattle’s backfield. The Hawks reportedly hosted Eddie Lacy on Friday and Saturday and apparently will bring in Jamaal Charles and Adrian Peterson next week, too. They are probably not interested in paying more than $2 million or $3 million for a veteran back, who would compete with Thomas Rawls, C.J. Prosise and Alex Collins.
The Hawks lost two free agents on Friday: LB Brock Coyle to San Francisco and DE Damontre Moore to Dallas. Coyle was an untendered RFA, and Moore was a UFA. The Hawks plan to add a linebacker or two via the draft in an attempt to improve the talent around Pro Bowl players Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright.