The Seattle Seahawks hadn’t had too much of a shake-up with the first team offensive line yet, but that may change soon as the team is bringing in veteran, four-time All-Pro guard Jahri Evans for a visit on Friday. Evans refused to take a paycut with the New Orleans Saints this year and was released after 10 seasons with the team. He has been a low-key free agent who apparently hasn’t had any visits since March, but the 33-year-old made 11 starts at right guard for the Saints last year.
It was the first time in his career that he missed more than two games.
Given that Germain Ifedi has gotten nothing but high marks this summer, it’s safe to assume that his job as a starter is not in jeopardy. Perhaps then he’s done such a good job that the team thinks he’s more ready for the right tackle position than previously spot, and it’s free agent signee J’Marcus Webb who could find himself off the first string.
Webb signed a two-year, $5.75 million deal in the offseason and will cost $2.4 million against the cap this season whether he’s on the team or not. They’ll save all but $600,000 against the cap if he’s not on the team in 2017 and the Seahawks showed last year with Cary Williams that they aren’t afraid to walk away from bad contracts as soon as they deem it apparent that the signing isn’t working out; same with Percy Harvin the year before.
Above all else, signing Evans couldn’t possibly be a bad thing if he’s healthy. It isn’t necessarily that Webb or someone else is playing absolutely horribly and needs to be replaced -- the team saved some money with the retirement of Chris Clemons and Evans is a potential Hall of Fame player who might have another season left in the tank.
That’s at least worth a visit.