Monday, March 5, 2012
Seahawks looking at veteran OL depth
By Mike Sando
The Seattle Seahawks have churned their roster at multiple positions over the past couple seasons.
The changes they made on the offensive line proved particularly fruitful, allowing them to build momentum on the ground despite losing starters to injury.
Veteran Frank Omiyale could join the mix in 2012. The Seahawks are visiting with the 29-year-old veteran free agent Monday. The Chicago Bears replaced Omiyale in their lineup with 2011 first-round pick Gabe Carimi, and again with Lance Louis after Omiyale filled in for an injured Carimi late in the season.
The Scouts Inc. report on Omiyale heading into the 2011 season read, in part, "Omiyale is big, strong lineman with good short-area quickness and agility. He is a good knee-bender who can roll his hips to unload and leverage run blocks. He has a quick kick step to get out and pick up speed rushers on the edge."
The Bears obviously thought less of him last season. The Seahawks aren't necessarily looking for a starter, however. They could simply be taking a look at veteran depth. The team used seven starting combinations on its line last season. Breno Giacomini, Lemuel Jeanpierre and Paul McQuistan played more extensively than anticipated.
Omiyale has started 32 games over the last four seasons, including all 16 for the Bears in 2010.