For the past two years, the Seattle Seahawks have had relatively lackluster free agency periods. In 2016 Seattle needed an offensive lineman, so they bought some in J’Marcus Webb and Bradley Sowell. Neither of whom will be returning for 2017, this year the Seahawks faced the same need for lineman and brought in the former number two overall pick, Luke Joeckel. Joeckel has been billed as a major disappointment in Jacksonville, the team that drafted him, to the point where they didn’t pick up the fifth-year option on their 2013 first rounder. On March 9th, 2017 Joeckel signed an $8 million contract with the Seahawks, seven of which is guaranteed. Joeckel and former Packers running back Eddie Lacy consist of the big names signed by Seattle during the 2017 free agency period.
After taking a look at Joeckel in Jacksonville it became clear that the talk of him being a major disappointment needed to be put into perspective. While he may not have lived up to expectations of the number two overall pick, Joeckel is a competent lineman who will bring an instant upgrade to this struggling Seattle line. His addition, along with that of guard Oday Aboushi, will allow Seattle to get their five best players on the line to protect their star quarterback Russell Wilson.
A Chance to Prove his Worth
Even with the relatively large one year contract for Joeckel, it’s a great signing by the Seattle front office to attempt to shore up their line. Due to injury the veteran lineman only played three complete games in 2016, despite that he demonstrated good technique, talent, athleticism and strength through those games. With his large contract, Joeckel is almost guaranteed to start, although that won’t be an issue, he is leaps and bounds ahead of almost all the Seattle lineman except center Justin Britt, who may give him a run for his money.