The Seahawks opened free agency by adding help to the offensive line, signing former Jacksonville Jaguars lineman Luke Joeckel after the new league year began Thursday.
Joeckel, who was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 draft, started 39 games over four seasons with the Jaguars, spending most of his career at left tackle before moving to left guard last season. Joeckel's 2016 season was limited to four games because of a knee injury. At Texas A&M, Joeckel was a unanimous All-American in 2012 and won the Outland Trophy as the nation's top interior lineman.
Joeckel brings some experience to a young Seahawks offensive line, something general manager John Schneider said could be a target in free agency.
"I think we'd like to add some experience at that position," Schneider said at the NFL Scouting Combine. "… I think we got in a position where we probably got a little bit too young. With us, that offensive line thing is all about acquisition, and the mix in the room between veteran leadership and talent, but that cohesion that goes along with it. Some of the best offensive lines I've been around, and the best teams, quite frankly, are the ones that have the core group of offensive linemen. We have to have that mentality. We need to bring those young guys along like we did last year. We brought a bunch of rookies, second-year guys, we moved (Justin) Britt to center, that sort of thing. But they have to have that cohesion… That group in particular is a group that played with that cohesion and really had that level of confidence in each other."
Take a look back at newly-signed Seahawks offensive lineman Luke Joeckel's NFL career.