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Seahawks sign veteran free agent guard Jahri Evans

He’s one of them now: Offensive guard Jahri Evans, center, takes some heat from Seattle defenders Cliff Avril, left, and Richard Sherman during an NFC divisional playoff game between the Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints in January 2014. The Seahawks signed Evans on Saturday.
He’s one of them now: Offensive guard Jahri Evans, center, takes some heat from Seattle defenders Cliff Avril, left, and Richard Sherman during an NFC divisional playoff game between the Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints in January 2014. The Seahawks signed Evans on Saturday. Staff file, 2014

RENTON -- In the signing of veteran Jahri Evans, the Seahawks added more NFL experience to the offensive line than they had collectively until this point. None of the five projected starters has started an NFL game for the Seahawks at that position.

Evans started 153 games at right guard for the Saints, being named to four All-Pro teams. He’ll turn 33 late this month, and is coming back off a season in which he missed five games with a knee injury. In the second year of a three-year contract, Evans was cut in February when he reportedly wouldn’t take a pay cut.

How he’ll fit in is only speculation. The Hawks look reasonably sound at guards, with second-year Mark Glowinski showing some competence on the left side, and rookie first-round pick Germain Ifedi showing promise on the right side.

How fit and healthy Evans is will be a factor. Early speculation holds that he’ll make roughly $1 million this season. Ifedi has the potential to play tackle, as well, but he’s only been in camp for a week, and it seems early to ask him to start learning another position. At least initially, it would be logical to see Evans entering the competition at guard and seeing where that leads.

After Saturday’s practice, coach Tom Cable said he was eager to see how his unit holds together in Sunday’s scrimmage. To this point, “we have good depth and the competition is maybe a little better than we thought, so I think that’s the good news. As we get ready to start playing these games, it will really sort itself out.”

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