The Seattle Seahawks’ offensive line has been extremely underwhelming in 2017. In an attempt to potentially improve what has arguably been their weakest link through five games, the Seahawks worked out free agent offensive tackle Branden Albert on Monday, according to Field Yates of ESPN.
Source: former Dolphins and (briefly) Jaguars OT Branden Albert worked out for the Seahawks today. OL remains an area of focus for Seattle.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) October 9, 2017
The Seahawks lost starting left tackle George Fans for the season when he tore his ACL during a summer workout. Fant’s replacement, Rees Odhiambo, has been a liability thus far. Odhiambo has an overall grade of 27.4 (out of 99.9) from Pro Football Focus, and ranks as the 69th-best offensive tackle in the league. Albert, despite likely being a little rusty, would almost surely be an instant upgrade.
Albert earned Pro Bowl honors in 2013 (as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs) and 2015 (as a member of the Miami Dolphins). After three seasons with the Dolphins, the former Virginia Cavalier was traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars this offseason in exchange for tight end Julius Thomas. Albert decided to retire from the NFL in in late July, only to express an interest in making a return shortly after.
Jacksonville released Albert during training camp, and the former first-round pick has been unemployed ever since. He would likely not be the long-term answer for the Seahawks at left tackle, but he would be an improvement – assuming he has stayed in shape.
Seattle has a bye in Week 6, and will return to action against the New York Giants in Week 7.
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