The Seahawks bolstered their offensive line on Wednesday, signing former first-round pick D.J. Fluker, a five-year veteran who has started 65 games in his career at both guard and tackle.
Fluker, who was the 11th overall pick in the 2013 draft, began his career with the Chargers as a right tackle, his position at Alabama, before eventually moving to right guard. After four seasons in San Diego, Fluker spent last year with the New York Giants, starting six games at right guard before a toe injury landed him on injured reserve.
In Seattle, Fluker will be reunited with Mike Solari, who was his position coach in New York and who was hired as the Seahawks’ offensive line coach earlier this offseason. The 27-year-old Fluker, who is 6-foot-5, 342 pounds, gives the Seahawks an experienced option to add to the competition at guard. Last year’s starting left guard, Luke Joeckel, is currently a free agent, while Ethan Pocic showed the ability to start at both guard spots last year, filling in for Joeckel on the left side for five games before finishing the season starting six straight games on the right side. Oday Aboushi, who started eight games at right guard, is also currently a free agent.
D.J. Fluker Through The Years
Take a look back at photos of D.J. Fluker's first five NFL seasons as the offensive lineman signs a free-agent deal with the Seattle Seahawks.