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Britt's arrival, Okung's injury means shuffle (for now) with offensive line

As expected, the Seahawks grabbed an offensive lineman in the draft. The surprise was that it was Justin Britt.

Britt played all five positions in college. For the Seahawks, he'll be a right tackle at the start, which he played his junior year at Missouri.

“He’ll compete at right tackle with Mike Bowie," offensive line coach Tom Cable said.

Pete Carroll and Cable talked about wanting to create a competition at that spot to replace Breno Giacomini. It's on with Bowie and Britt.

Now, to the other side.

Russell Okung's foot surgery will likely have him out until training camp. He's not participating in workouts now.

That means, according to Carroll, Alvin Bailey will be moved to left tackle and be the starter there. When Okung returns, Cable suggested Bailey would be ta versatile backup.

Which leaves left guard.

The Seahawks did not pick up the fifth-year option on James Carpenter's contract, seemingly signalling to him it was time to produce or he would not be back.

Cable says Carpenter has his weight "under control."

“Well if you think about what James Carpenter was able to do the last four weeks of the season, what a cool way to end the year," Cable said. "Then to go into the playoffs and play the best football he’s played since he’s been a Seahawk. So we’re excited in that here the guy is, seems to be completely through the (knee) injury, has got his weight under control, his work ethic has really come on, he smiles every day – so there’s a peacefulness about that big  guy that I start to see why we took him. And he’s healthy and I think that’s really key when you’re a big  person is feeling good about your legs and your body. I’m excited for James. I think it’s going to be a really cool year.”

For now, the Seahawks' line looks like this: Bailey, Carpenter, Max Unger, J.R. Sweezy and Bowie/Britt.