The Seattle Seahawks have reportedly agreed to a contract with former first-round draft pick D.J. Fluker, an offensive lineman who recently played for the New York Giants.
Seahawks agree to terms on a deal with former NYG OL DJ Fluker, sources say.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 20, 2018
This move reunites Fluker, listed at 6’5” and 345 lbs, with Seahawks OL coach Mike Solari. Fluker had spent his first four seasons in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers, who selected the Alabama standout 11th overall in the 2013 NFL Draft, a draft class that the Seahawks seem borderline obsessed with salvaging. After a solid rookie season, Fluker struggled in subsequent years and found himself moved from right tackle to right guard in 2015, and then off the team altogether following the 2016 season. Fluker signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the New York Giants, starting six games before going on injured reserve in November with a toe injury.
Immediate thoughts spring to mind that Fluker could fit in as Seattle’s new starting right guard, with Ethan Pocic shifting to left guard, and free agent Luke Joeckel shifting to another team altogether. When Fluker was in the Giants’ starting lineup, the running game experienced significant improvement, then nosedived again once injury ended his season. Given the historically bad rushing attack last season, this could be one way to upgrade in the run-blocking department.
As for the pass-blocking? Well...
Sorts by PFF pass blocking grade— ben baldwin (@guga31bb) March 20, 2018
Gets to #76 out of 78 guards
Ah, the Seahawks found their man https://t.co/267xsRUcQ0
Ah, yes. The good stuff. pic.twitter.com/xDTUoBLNl3— C.J. Tumbarello (@TumbarelloHB) March 20, 2018
Terms of Fluker’s contract will be inserted into this post once they become available. Presumably he’s not going to ding the wallet that much given his previous contract and the number of games he missed.