Starting last Thursday the Seattle Seahawks brought the annual wave of optimism to fans that comes with the addition of new names and faces through the draft. However, on Sunday the Hawks brought the wave crashing down on the shores of reality, when word leaked out that they were releasing 2019 starting offensive linemen D.J. Fluker and Justin Britt.
While Britt’s future remains more uncertain, following his release with a failed physical designation, it didn’t take long for Fluker to find a new home.
The #Ravens beefed up their O-line with some veteran experience, agreeing to terms with former #Seahawks OL DJ Fluker, source said. The deal is pending the physical for the one-time first-round pick.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 28, 2020
While the Seahawks will now be looking for a new starting right guard after Fluker manned the position for the past two years, the Baltimore Ravens have been searching for a new starting guard following the retirement of Marshal Yanda in March. This is in no way an effort to say that Yanda, a likely future Hall of Famer, and Fluker, a former first round pick considered by many to have been a bust for both the then San Diego, but now Los Angeles Chargers and the New York Giants, are players of the same caliber. Fluker, however, reset his career somewhat during his time in Seattle, and his unemployment certainly did not last long.
As noted, the deal is contingent upon Fluker passing a physical, so it could be some time before his contract is finalized. Best of luck to Fluker with his new team, while the Seahawks begin the search for a right guard who brings the fire and intensity in the offensive line room.