Evan Mathis, who interviewed with the Seahawks Saturday, accepted Tuesday a one-year deal from the Denver Broncos to help protect QB Peyton Manning. The contract for the two-time Pro Bowl guard was reported to be about $4 million with incentives, too much for the salary-cap strapped Seahawks.
The Seahawks have about $5 million left under the cap, most of which needs to be preserved for in-season contingencies such as injury replacements. Mathis, 33, was cut in June by Philadelphia in a contract dispute. He would have made $5.1 million in the final year of his Eagles deal.
In Seattle, he likely would have taken the left guard spot of James Carpenter, who was lost in free agency. The current replacement is Justin Britt, who started as a rookie last season at right tackle, but has not played guard since his freshman year at Missouri.
Coach Pete Carroll indicated Monday that he didn’t see a great chance at signing Mathis.
“He would obviously bring us experience, but there’s a lot of issues here that we have to take care of to get that in order,” he said. “We got the information that we needed.”
The Seahawks might have been able to accommodate Mathis if they cut a player or restructured a contract or two. They obviously didn’t think the trouble was worth it, and/or figured Britt showed enough in his first start at guard Friday in Kansas City to hold the spot for the season.
That doesn’t mean the Seahawks have stopped looking, but it does mean the best available player for the guard spot is off the table. They were to have had a visit from Samson Satele, 30, who started 16 games at center for the Dolphins last season. Line coach Tom Cable worked with Satele in Oakland when Cable was head coach in 2009 and 2010.