The Seahawks plan to re-sign free agent offensive lineman Jordan Simmons, per Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times (via Twitter). Seattle has recently added Brandon Shell and Cedric Ogbuehi to help fortify its offensive tackle situation, but with last year’s starting LG Mike Iupati seemingly unlikely to be re-signed and Justin Britt and Ethan Pocic coming off season-ending injuries, the interior of the line could use some attention.
The club did acquire B.J. Finney, who has seen action at both guard positions and at center over the past four seasons with the Steelers, but he has been more of a rotational player than anything else. The Seahawks could obviously look to the draft to solidify their interior OL, but it looks like Simmons will at least be a part of the competition for the LG vacancy or a rotational role.
The USC product signed with the Raiders as a UDFA following the 2017 draft and spent the entire year on Oakland’s practice squad. He was waived the following August, was claimed by the Seahawks, and ultimately appeared in six games (three starts) for Seattle in 2018.
He returned to Seattle via an exclusive rights free agent tender in 2019 but was placed on IR before the season began and did not see any action last year. The Seahawks opted against an ERFA tender this time around but apparently want to bring him back just the same.
As Condotta notes, travel restrictions and the inability to have team doctors evaluate free agents could be holding things up for the time being.
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