Report: Seahawks to tender tackle Garry Gilliam

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The offensive line was a significant area of weakness for the Seahawks last season and will certainly be a primary focus for the team when free agency begins this week.

But with only one tackle currently under contract for 2017, the Seahawks need depth just as much as they need possible upgrades. With that in mind, the Seahawks appear set on bringing right tackle Garry Gilliam back for another season.

According to Sheil Kapadia of ESPN.com, the Seahawks will give an original round tender to Gilliam, who is a restricted free agent. As an undrafted free agent signing, Gilliam’s tender will cost Seattle $1.797 million and give them the right to match any offer sheet Gilliam could sign as an RFA.

Gilliam started 13 of 14 games played for the Seahawks last season. He was the favorite in training camp to replace the departed Russell Okung at left tackle, but got moved back to the right side before the start of the season. After struggling most of the year, he was benched in November for two full games and most of a third game before regaining the starting job in December.

With only George Fant under contract at the tackle position, the Seahawks decision to tender Gilliam allows them to have two experienced tackles to work with prior to any additional players added to the group this offseason through free agency or the draft.

6 responses to “Report: Seahawks to tender tackle Garry Gilliam

  1. Awesome news. He is a backup that can play both tackle positions. Since a healthy o line always kills the hawks, we need Gilliam.
    Get into free agency and grab Reiff asap

  2. “the Falcons refused to take two knees and kick a field goal from the Patriots’ 22-yard line.

    Even my mother knew that was the wrong call.”

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    Your mother is oversimplifying the situation. It wasn’t one call. It was a series of disastrous calls. Also, the Falcons were never in position to kick a 22 yard field goal. The line of scrimmage was the 22. A kick would have come from around the 39.

    The first down play was a running play that was stuffed. The second play was the key. Ryan took too long to pass and got sacked. He should have thrown the ball away. On third down, the O line held to prevent another sack. Each unsuccessful play led to the next play call, but the most important was the sack. It can’t be blamed on Quinn or Shanahan. The failure of the Falcons to do anything at all on offense after they went up by 25 was a matter of execution, not play-calling. And the Patriot defense played a role in the Falcon’s inability to execute.

  3. He was disappointing. Not as disappointing as jmarcus webb and slightly less disappointing as Bradley Sowell. I don’t have all the answers but if it’s too expensive to sign quality free agents, we do have other options. How about we trade a big mouth a-hole cb who is causing drama to someone for some draft capital and/or lineman. He’s a really good cb, just ask him.

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