BY SPNW Staff 03:27PM 02/14/2014

Seahawks pick up O-lineman from Packers

WIth T Breno Giacomini and G Paul McQuistan unrestricted free agents, the Seahawks signed free agent OL Greg Van Roten Friday.

Van Roten was a backup guard and center for the Packers in 2013. / Photo courtesy of Packers.com

The Seahawks are getting an early start in protecting against the predations of free agency after their Super Bowl success, signing free agent guard Greg Van Roten, 23, who was waived by the Green Bay Packers Wednesday. Van Roten (6-foot-3, 303 pounds) was a Penn grad who went undrafted in 2012 but made the Packers’ practice squad, then the roster after five games.

He played in nine games, including two playoff games, as a backup guard and center, as well as special teams. In 2013, he played three games before hurting his foot, and was placed on injured reserve.

Van Roten was healthy before the season ended, and didn’t seem too pleased that he was let go, according to this tweet:

ESPN.com quoted his agent, Bill Baldini: β€œHis foot is fine. It actually felt fine during the season. He could have returned” had he not been placed on injured reserve.

Two Seahawks offensive linemen, T Breno Giacomini and G Paul McQuistan, are unrestricted free agents. The line at times had trouble with pass protection, giving up 44 sacks, and figures to be the unit in most need of an upgrade.

Van Roten seemed pleased to join the Seahawks:

 


YourThoughts

  • Its onlySports(DavidWakefield)

    He Seems pleased to play for the Seahawks?Thats like saying Polar bears seem to like the taste of seal meat….how lucky can the guy be not to have to play in subterranean temps in Dec/January and go to the SB Champs? That would even warm a polar bears heart…I hope he can help. Green Bay must have had their reasons(to waive bye bye) but the guy seems to have a chip on his shoulder over it so he will fit in just fine if past history is an indication.

  • jafabian

    I’ve been wondering if the Hawks might take a look at Jonathan Martin? Pete has favored PAC 12 players though Martin comes with obvious baggage.