Seahawks looking at Ted Larsen, Bradley Sowell for offensive line help

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The Seattle Seahawks are looking to a divisional rival for potential depth for their offensive line.

According to separate reports from Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle and Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com, the Seahawks are interested in former Cardinals offensive linemen Ted Larsen and Bradley Sowell.

Larsen (pictured) is scheduled to visit Seattle on Friday. Sowell has scheduled a visit as well.

The Seahawks watched right guard J.R. Sweezy sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday. Left tackle Russell Okung remains a free agent and is visiting the New York Giants and Detroit Lions on Friday.

Even with Sweezy and Okung, the Seahawks offensive line struggled mightily early last season. Seattle has had to be frugal on the offensive line with big contracts given out to other positions, but upgrading the personnel on the line appeared to be a priority for the Seahawks this offseason.

Whether Larsen or Sowell would provide that upgrade is debatable. Neither lineman is particularly outstanding. However, Seattle needs depth in addition to improvement to their starting unit.

15 responses to “Seahawks looking at Ted Larsen, Bradley Sowell for offensive line help

  1. Since 2013, the Sea Squawks have lost OL starters RT Breno Giacomini, LG James Carpenter and RG JR Sweezy to free agency, making no effort to extend their contracts at all before they became free agents. They also traded pro bowl center Max Unger to New Orleans for slot receiver/TE Jimmy Graham. It looks like they are not going to re-sign LT Russell Okung. All these departures will turn one of the best OL into the weakest part of their team. They are relying on Russell Wilson’s amazing scrambling skill and his uncanny ability to avoid being hit hard to compensate for a weak OL. But as Murphy’s Law states, “If something can go wrong, it will.” All it takes is one play and Wilson may have to be carted off the field. If he misses a few games, the Squawks’ chances of returning to the playoffs is going down to drain. It is extremely unlikely that they will win their division since Arizona is basically the same team they were last year. The window for Seattle’s super bowl run is closed. With the OL departures run blocking will also get worse. Without Marshawn Lynch and with Thomas Rawls recovering from a broken ankle, the running game may also go south, putting even more pressure on the OL and on Wilson. It may be a long season for the Squawks.

  2. Larsen gets a 10/10 for effort and heart… Undersized brawler that gets beat often… Sowell .. Good luck with the human turnstile… You will hate the player after the first two series!

  3. Seahawks will be in the playoffs again and we spend our money on the right players. Idiots like TB pay Sweezy $6.5 per year and he is not a stalwart by any means. We are building Hogs thru the draft and red shirting them for 1-3 years. Speak with logic not emotions hate filled losers. Denver lost everything after winning the big game, we went back to back and lost because the OC is an idiot living off Dangeruss and the fellas.
    Go Hawks 2017 SB Champs!

  4. Many people say that the game is won at the line of scrimmage. The Squawks will lose 2 OL, and they also lost LB Bruce Irvin and DT Brandon Mebane. Their OL and DL will be worse than they were last season. If they cannot stop the other team’s running game, the other team will grind it out and run out the clock if they are ahead. The Squawks were able to come back against Carolina because the Panthers couldn’t run the ball in the second half. Without Mebane and Irvin, they may not be able to stuff the other team’s runs if they fall behind.

  5. Gee, that “beginning of the decline” has been going on for a couple of years now. You’re worse than a broken clock.

  6. RegisHawk says:
    Mar 11, 2016 9:54 AM

    Gee, that “beginning of the decline” has been going on for a couple of years now. You’re worse than a broken clock.
    ___________________________________

    For once a logical Sehawk fan. He actually speaks the truth. The Decline has been going on for a couple of years.

    Win SB, Lose SB, Lose Division, Bounced in Divisional Round.

    Whats next? Wildcard loss? No Playoffs?

    The party is over Seahawks fans. Accept the truth.

  7. When, in recent history, has the Seattle OL been one of the best? This decline has got to be one of the slowest in history, too. Oh, well. Trolls gotta troll.

  8. LOL – keep trying to redefine it. The Seahawks are the dominant powerhouse of the NFC West. I know you *wish* it could be your team, but playing word-games on a message board don’t make it so.

  9. The Seahawks had ONE OF THE WORST offensive lines in the NFL last season, and that was WITH Okung and Sweezy. It shouldn’t be any mystery as to why the Seahawks are letting those two go.

    The REALLY amazing thing is that anyone would want to sign ANYONE off of the Seahawks offensive line from last season.

    As a Seahawks fan I am ESPECIALLY glad to see the OVERPAID and UNDERPERFORMING Okung go, seeing him go has been one of my bigger wishes for this offseason.

    And about these other OL’s the Seahawks are looking at? Well it would be very difficult to do any worse than last year’s offensive line.

  10. The offensive line did quite well in run blocking. They couldn’t pass block for the first half of the season. They got good enough in pass blocking to help Wilson to some historic numbers the second half of the season.

    Having said that, it is not a great loss to see Sweezy go. Okung is a paradox. He has great skills but is a porcelain doll for injuries. He is looking at two teams that have some cap room, so they may be willing to overspend. If they don’t, we will probably have him back again. Reluctantly, I think that’s probably a “good” situation.

    Carroll and Schneider need to find some offensive line help in the draft, and Cable needs to find a way to re-capture the magic of the second half of the season from last year. I think he can do it.

  11. You Seahawk babies crack me up and so defensive. Nfc west dominant? I’m pretty sure the cardinals won that division and went further. From Super Bowl winners, to super bowl losers, to division losers….that’s called decline! You think losing starters and having players get older is going to make you better?!

  12. Hahaha, did that Cardinal fan just say that the Seahawks had a dominant O-line recently?!? That’s hilarious. They’ve been one of the worst O-lines in the NFL the past few years. Now we lose 2 under-performers on a horrible line and suddenly the team is falling apart? Get a grip. The core is still intact. Keep up the wishful thinking that the Seahawks are falling apart. You wouldn’t say it if you weren’t still worried about them.

  13. Signing the Cardinals’ trash and losing starters to cap restrictions is not a formula for success.

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