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Seahawks tender restricted free agent center Patrick Lewis

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 16:  Center Patrick Lewis #65 of the Seattle Seahawks calls out instructions against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half on November 16, 2014 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images) Getty Images

Center Patrick Lewis has been given a restricted free agent tender by the Seattle Seahawks, per Tom Pelissero of USA Today.

Lewis replaced Drew Nowak as the Seahawks starting center midway through last season. Lewis’ play helped solidify an offensive line that had allowed Russell Wilson to be sacked 31 times in the first eight games of the season.

After Lewis was inserted at center, Seattle’s offense managed to explode the second half of the season. Wilson passed for a franchise record 4,024 yards on the season and had a five-game stretch with 19 touchdowns and zero interceptions. The Seahawks averaged 34 points per game over that stretch.

Being undrafted out of college, the $1.671 million tender gives the Seahawks right-of-first-refusal on any contract offer sheet signed by Lewis in free agency.

Lewis has played in 16 games for Seattle over the past two seasons with 13 starts.

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4 Responses to “Seahawks tender restricted free agent center Patrick Lewis”
  1. chawk12thman says: Mar 8, 2016 12:03 AM

    Seems to be doing better all the time and looking forward to his continued improvement……Doubt anyone makes a huge contract offer, so I am sure he is back with the team. Looking forward to more in house moves in the next few days.

  2. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Mar 8, 2016 12:18 AM

    Solid guy, makes good protection calls.

  3. theashleyguy says: Mar 8, 2016 2:44 PM

    He makes good calls on the blocking schemes. Unfortunately he is the heaviest of our starting offensive linemen and yet the shortest by far. That weight-height ratio makes his footwork a little slow. He is very smart. It will be interesting to see if he can step up the physical part of his game this year.

  4. papatoad says: Mar 9, 2016 12:36 AM

    He needs to be short so Russell can see down the field!

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