Report: Seahawks pursuing trade for offensive line help

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Offensive line coach Tom Cable works with players during OTAs at Virginia Mason Athletic Center on Friday, June 9, 2017.

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Seahawks guard Luke Joeckel stretches during the first day of practice on Sunday, July 30, 2017.

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The Seattle Seahawks Offensive line may be in for a mid-season shakeup, as Seattle is actively pursuing trade options to improve its unit, according to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora

As the Oct. 31 trade deadline approaches, La Canfora writes that Seattle has "been proactive in their pursuits for weeks" and specifically mentioned left tackle Duane Brown, a Pro Bowl player who is holding out of team activities in Houston over displeasure with his contract. The 32-year-old has two years of non-guaranteed salary remaining on his current deal and is scheduled to make over $18 million the next two seasons. 

The Texans (3-3) begin their bye this week and La Canfora reports that Brown intends to end his holdout when the team returns the following week for, coincidentally, its Oct. 29 game at the Seahawks (3-2). Brown's name has been the focus of many trade talks in recent weeks. 

"It may result in a far lower-profile transaction before the deadline," La Canfora writes, "but other teams that have been in contact with the Seahawks are convinced of their intent to improve the line, and if Brown is dealt, expect Seattle to have at least made an attempt to land him."

Seattle also reached out to the Buffalo Bills in hopes of acquiring left tackle Cordy Glenn, though those talks didn't result in an agreement. 

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Coach Pete Carroll confirmed last week that Seattle recently worked out veteran tackle Branden Albert. The 32-year-old Albert retired during the summer but changed his mind after a week and expressed interest in returning to the Jaguars, whom he was traded to in the offseason.

Albert, a Pro Bowl player with the Chiefs (2013) and Dolphins (2015), reportedly received an offer but left Seattle without a deal, and he's reportedly scheduled to visit the Giants, whose Offensive line situation is also in disarray. 

Seattle's Offensive line needs this year reached new heights when left tackle George Fant suffered a torn right ACL in the preseason. And last week left guard Luke Joeckel underwent arthroscopic knee surgery -- his third knee procedure in the last calendar year. It's unclear when he'll return to the lineup and it's unlikely he'll be back against the Giants this Sunday. 

Signing Albert creates the question of who Seattle would release to make room for him on the roster. The obvious candidate is left tackle Isaiah Battle, who the team acquired in a late-August trade with Kansas City in exchange for a conditional 2018 pick. Battle has been inactive each game of the regular season. 

Trading for Brown is more complicated, for a couple of reasons. Seattle tends not to negotiate with players who have multiple years remaining on their contracts, so Brown would likely be asked to play out the 2017 season in Seattle under his current deal. 

Seattle reportedly has only about $1.9 million in available cap space, which means a big-ticket player would need to be moved, perhaps along with an early round draft pick. That's a steep asking price, though Seattle could view it as worthwhile after replacing Fant with Rees Odhiambo, who isn't exactly on a Pro-Bowl pace through five games. 


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