In need of some offensive line help following the season-ending knee injury to starting left tackle George Fant, the Seattle Seahawks have made a trade for Matt Tobin, formerly of the Philadelphia Eagles. If you’re like me and have no idea who Tobin is, the Seahawks provided some background, along with full details on the trade:
The Seahawks continued to add help at tackle Monday following George Fant’s season-ending knee injury, acquiring tackle Matt Tobin and Philadelphia’s 2018 seventh-round selection in a trade with the Eagles. The Eagles will receive Seattle’s 2018 fifth-round selection.
Tobin, 27, has played both guard and tackle for the Eagles, and started 13 games in 2015. Tobin, who began his career as an undrafted free agent out of Iowa, has appeared in 42 games over the past four seasons, starting 21.
Tight end Marcus Lucas was waived/injured to make room on the 90-man roster. Lucas, who sustained an ankle injury in Friday’s preseason game, will be placed on injured reserve if he clears waivers.
While Tobin is listed as a tackle and has played at both guard and tackle in college and the pros, none of his regular season starts in the NFL has been at either left or right tackle. Twenty of this twenty-one starts have been at either left or right guard. However, he did start at right tackle in Philadelphia’s most recent preseason game against the Buffalo Bills. Tobin missed the final three games of last season with a right MCL sprain.
Seattle also recently signed free agent tackle Tyrus Thompson, who’s yet to appear in an NFL regular season game and has bounced around the league since being drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the sixth round of the 2015 draft. As is the case with Marcus Lucas, rookie sixth-round pick Justin Senior was waived/injured to put Thompson on the 90-man roster.