The Seahawks added a needed piece to their offensive line Tuesday by signing former Broncos guard Ben Hamilton in a long-anticipated move.
Hamilton's history with Seahawks offensive line coach Alex Gibbs explains why Hamilton has value to the Seahawks. The move, reported by ESPN's John Clayton and Adam Schefter, leaves left tackle as the obvious need area for Seattle on its line.
Right tackle Sean Locklear, right guard Max Unger and Chris Spencer were among the starters on the offensive line during the team's recent minicamp. Hamilton would be a natural at left guard, the position he played for Denver until the Broncos went away from the zone-blocking scheme Gibbs has implement in Seattle. The scheme values smaller guards.
The chart shows the offensive linemen Gibbs' teams have drafted -- Hamilton among them -- since he joined the Broncos for the 1995 season. Adding Hamilton, an unrestricted free agent, could cost Seattle in the formula used to award compensatory draft choices. That's a small price to pay if Hamilton helps stabilize the line in Seattle.