Seahawks sign former Packers guard Greg Van Roten

Posted Feb 14, 2014

When the Packers released Greg Van Roten on Tuesday, the Seahawks didn’t waste much time signing the third-year guard to add some depth on their offensive line.

The Seahawks have added depth to their offensive line by signing guard Greg Van Roten.

The 6-foot-3, 303-pound Van Roten spent the past two seasons with the Green Bay Packers, playing in seven games in 2012 and three games in 2013 before being placed on injured reserve with a foot injury in October. He has never started a game in the NFL.

The Packers released Van Roten on Tuesday and the Seahawks signed him Friday.

Van Roten played his college ball at Penn, where he was a three-year starter at left tackle. He was not selected in the 2012 NFL Draft and ended up with the Packers after participating in rookie minicamps with the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets. The Packers signed him just before the start of training camp that year and he spent five games on their practice squad before being added to the 53-man roster in October.

The Seahawks’ offensive line relied heavily on its depth during the 2013 season, when left tackle Russell Okung (eight games), right tackle Breno Giacomini (seven), Pro Bowl center Max Unger (three) and right guard J.R. Sweezy (one) missed time because of injuries. That prompted Paul McQuistan to slide from left guard to left tackle to replace Okung; rookie Michael Bowie to start at right tackle for Giacomini and also right guard for Sweezy; and Lemuel Jeanpierre to step in for Unger.

But Giacomini and McQuistan are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents next month, when Jeanpierre will become a restricted free agent.