The Seattle Seahawks were in desperate need of another left tackle, and ended up making a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles.
They traded their fifth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft to the Eagles for left tackle Matt Tobin and their seventh-round pick. The Seahawks were calling all day on Monday to try and acquire a left tackle, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
#Seahawks were calling around all day, looking for a OT for depth in exchange for a late pick. Settle on Matt Tobin, while getting 7th back
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 21, 2017
Tobin can play several positions on the offensive line and has started 21 games in four NFL seasons.
On Saturday, the Seahawks were put in a tough situation. Starting left tackle George Fant went down and is out for the season with a torn left ACL. He spent most of his college years playing basketball at Western Kentucky. However, his final year there he played tight end on the football team and appeared in two games.
Fant was signed by the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent and started 10 games for them at left tackle in 2016.
The starter at left tackle going forward for the Seahawks will be either Rees Odhiambo, who filled in after Fant went down, or Luke Joeckel.
A major issue for the Seahawks last season was subpar offensive line play. It severely hampered the offense at times, but they still managed to win the NFC West and a playoff game.
However, to have similar success in 2017, they need to find a way to strengthen Russell Wilson’s blind side.