Not everyone from the 2017 Seattle Seahawks draft class is gone from the roster.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport says starting center Ethan Pocic has agreed to a one-year contract worth $3 million.
The #Seahawks are signing back interior OL Ethan Pocic, source said, giving him a 1-year, $3M deal. Their starting center is back.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 18, 2021
Pocic was taken in the 2nd round in 2017 and started out as a guard. When Tom Cable was fired and Mike Solari became the new offensive line coach, Pocic was unable to get consistent playing time in 2018 and only started four games. In 2019 injuries shut him down for much of the season before he replaced Justin Britt as the team’s #1 center this past season. It should be noted that Pocic missed two games with a concussion but otherwise this was the healthiest he’s been as a pro.
The inexpensive contract perhaps suggests that he’s not a lock to remain the starter in 2021. You may recall that he was supposed to be in competition with B.J. Finney last season, only for Finney to show up out of shape and essentially give Pocic the job by default.
Seattle’s offensive line moves thus far have been to re-sign Pocic and trade for guard Gabe Jackson, a veteran of the Las Vegas Raiders. One wonders if they’ll make any more OL moves through free agency or the draft, but I wouldn’t make any declarative statements either way on March 18th.