BY SPNW Staff 09:25AM 04/18/2017

No match from Seahawks, so Gilliam joins 49ers

Restricted free agent RT Garry Gilliam took an offer from San Francisco featuring guaranteed money, which the Seahawks declined to match, so he will join the 49ers, likely moving Seattle RG Germain Ifedi from guard to tackle.

Garry Gilliam caught this touchdown pass from field goal holder Jon Ryan on a tackle-eligible play to help beat Green Bay in the playoffs in 2015. / Drew McKenzie, Sportspress Northwest

According to multiple reports, including this one from the San Jose Mercury News, the Seahawks did not match restricted free agent OT Gary Gilliam’s offer sheet from San Francisco. Gilliam will sign a one-year deal with the 49ers worth $2.2 million, with $1.4 million guaranteed. Seattle placed a tender on Gilliam prior to free agency worth $1.797 million, but that did not include any guaranteed money.

The Seahawks will receive no compensation for losing Gilliam since he joined the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2014. Gilliam is the second Seattle free agent to join the NFC West rival 49ers, following LB Brock Coyle, who departed March 10.

Gilliam played in 29 games for Seattle over the past two seasons, mostly at right tackle. He was benched in November and was inactive for two games before regaining his starting job in December. At the time, Gilliam was criticized for thinking too much and not being sufficiently aggressive.

Although Gilliam would have been Seattle’s only returning player with experience starting at right tackle, the Seahawks have said during the off-season that they will consider moving former first-round pick Germain Ifedi, who started at right guard his rookie season, to right tackle.

The Seahawks signed free agent OG Oday Aboushi to a one-year deal, and he becomes the leading candidate start in Ifedi’s old spot.

The move also speaks to the state of the 49ers that they would come to Seattle for offensive line help and pay more than $1 million guaranteed to acquire it.

Gilliam figures to compete in San Francisco for the right tackle job, where Trent Brown started all 16 games last season as a second-year player.

Gilliam, who played college ball at Penn State, signed in 2014 a three-year deal worth $1.54 million.


Unrestricted free agents signed

Date Player Pos. ’16 Team New Deal
Mar 9 Luke Joeckel OL Jaguars 1 year, $8M, $7M guaranteed
Mar 14 Eddie Lacy RB Packers 1 year, $4.25M, $2.86M guaranteed
Mar 17 Arthur Brown LB Jets No contract details available yet
Mar 17 Oday Aboushi OG Texans $975K, $200K guaranteed
Mar 22 Bradley McDougald S Bucs 1 year, $1.8M, $750K bonus
Mar 23 Michael Wilhoite LB 49ers 1 year, $1.55M, $800K salary
Mar 24 Terence Garvin LB Redskins $855K, $755 salary, $60K bonus
Apr 10 Cyril Grayson WR No Team No contract details available
Apr 11 Dion Jordan DE Dolphins 1 year, $640,000

Unrestricted free agents retained

Date Player Pos. ’17 AAV New Deal
Mar 14 Neiko Thorpe CB 675K 2 years, $3.5M, $600K bonus
Mar 17 DeShawn Shead CB $1.5M 1 year, $1M guaranteed
Mar 17 Luke Willson TE $1.8M 1 year, 1M guaranteed

Free agents lost

Date Player Pos. New Team New Deal
Mar 9 Stephen Hauschka PK Buff 3 years, $4M guaranteed
Mar 10 Brock Coyle LB SF 1 year, $775K base salary
Mar 17 John Jenkins DT Chic $900K, $100K guaranteed
Mar 19 Brandon Williams TE Ind $855K, $40K guaranteed
Apr 18 Gary Gilliam OT SF $2.2M, $1.4M guaranteed

Remaining free agents

Date Player Pos. ’16 AAV 2015 Season/Skinny
—– Bradley Sowell T 1.0M Signed last year, flopped
—– Michael Morgan LB 1.0M Started 6 games, 10 tackles, 1 INT
—– Tony McDaniel DT 985K Started 10 games, 41 tackles
—– Marcel Reese FB 885K Played in 4 late-season games
—– Will Tukuafu FB 760K Played in 7 games, made 1 start
—– Jeron Johnson SS 760K Played in 3 games, 3 tackles
—– Kelcie McCray SS 717K Started 7 games, 37 tackles
—– Steven Terrell CB 600K Non-tendered as a RFA
—– M. Seisay DB 525K Made 6 starts, caught 2 TDs
—– Devin Hester WR —- Announced retirement


  • wabubba67

    Seahawks had five days to match. Are we sure that this is a done deal?

    • Steed

      They had 5 days, they took less than 12 hours to say “no thanks”. He isn’t worth nearly 3 times what he made last season, not to the Seahawks anyway. It was so bad last season Cable even made public (negative) statements about him. The guy is barely even a “replacement level” player.

      • wabubba67

        I’m not saying that they should have signed him at that price (though it’s “only” $400,000 more than what he would have made in Seattle if he was on the roster)….it just seems like good practice to make the 49ers, or any other team, wait as long as possible for competitive reasons. Especially before the draft.

        • art thiel

          The guarantee was the big deal, and Gilliam wanted just one year so he can become a free agent. He saw how it worked for Okung.

      • art thiel

        Gilliam showed improvement in his last few starts, but Cable thinks he’s a little too soft. Ifedi has a lot to prove in the mind game, but he definitely has the body.

    • art thiel

      Done. They didn’t want to guarantee any of his salary, Niners guaranteed $1.4M.

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