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Friday, March 6, 2009
Willis provides valuable depth on Seattle line

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Seahawks OL
Pos. Age
Status
Chris Gray G 38
UFA
Walter Jones
LT 35 Signed
Steve McKinney C 33
UFA
Mike Wahle LG 31
Signed
Floyd Womack
G 30
UFA
Sean Locklear RT 27
Signed
Chris Spencer
C 26
Signed
Ray Willis RT 26
Signed
Na'Shan Goddard T 25
Signed
Rob Sims RG 25
Signed
Steve Vallos C 25
Signed
Kyle Williams T 24
Signed
Mansfield Wrotto
G 24
Signed
William Robinson
T 24
Signed

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Seahawks' ability to bring back Ray Willis on a two-year deal significantly upgrades their depth at two and possibly three positions on the offensive line.

Willis appeared likely to find a starting job elsewhere when free agency opened. The Redskins liked him. They considered adding him as their starting right tackle. The money apparently didn't line up with Willis' expectations, which was a break for Seattle.

Willis has starting experience at right guard and right tackle. His presence buys security for the Seahawks on multiple fronts.

If left tackle Walter Jones experiences additional knee trouble, Sea
ttle could move right tackle Sean Locklear to the left side, with Willis stepping in at right tackle. If Rob Sims or the currently unsigned Floyd Womack isn't the answer at right guard, Willis can help at that position as well.