The Seahawks continued the revamping of the offensive line with the re-signing of guard Jordan Simmons. Simmons is the fourth offensive line signed by the Seahawks this offseason. In addition to Simmons the Seahawks brought in tackles Cedric Ogbuehi, Brandon Shell guards B.J Finney and Chance Warmack. Gone elsewhere are George Fant ( Jets)and Germain Ifedi( Bears).
Simmons spent his rookie season with the Oakland Raiders after going undrafted in 2017, but was released when the season ended. The Seahawks signed him just before the start of the 2018 season. Simmons started three games in place of an injured D.J. Fluker and suffered a knee injury that saw him miss the 2019 season. The Seahawks declined to tender him as an exclusive free agent which made him an unrestricted free agent. The Seahawks re-signed Simmons on a “ split contract” decreasing the team’s salary cap hit if Simmons were to go on Injured reserve
The Seahawks now have 16 offensive lineman who will be competing for starting and back up roles. Duane Brown at left is the only sure thing. D.J. Flucker, Ethan Pocic, Joey Hunt Jarmaco Jones, Phil Haynes, Kyle Fuller, Joes Hunt and Justin Britt are returnees and will be given an opportunity to contribute to the teams.
Britt is returning from a season-ending ACL injury with a cap hit of $8.4 with is fifth-highest on the team. The team could release him or restructure his contract. The Britt decision will have a domino effect. Hunt filled in for Britt and was given an original -round restricted free-agent tender. Meaning Hunt can entertain offers from other teams until April 17th . The Seahawks can match that offer