BRADY HENDERSON

Report: Seahawks releasing veteran G Jahri Evans

Sep 2, 2016, 5:40 PM | Updated: 5:47 pm
The Seahawks added Jahri Evans as insurance in case their younger guards faltered, and they haven't...
The Seahawks added Jahri Evans as insurance in case their younger guards faltered, and they haven't. (AP)
(AP)

The Seahawks will release veteran guard Jahri Evans, according to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network.

That report came Friday evening as transactions continued to trickle out less than 24 hours before Saturday’s 1 p.m. deadline for NFL teams to establish their 53-man rosters.

The Seahawks’ decision to release Evans is significant in that he has been one of the most accomplished guards of his generation, making six Pro Bowls and earning First-Team All-Pro honors four times during his 10 seasons in the NFL. But it’s not a surprise given the reasons Seattle signed him after the start of training camp and what has happened since then.

Evans, 33, brought experience to a young Seahawks offensive line and was insurance in case their younger guards weren’t progressing as hoped. But he never seriously contended for one of the starting spots, working with the second team behind rookie right guard Germain Ifedi and second-year left-guard Mark Glowinski. His release could be good news for Will Pericak, who can play guard and center has been competing for one of the final offensive-line spots.

As Danny O’Neil wrote earlier this week while predicting that Seattle would release Evans, the Seahawks have a history of bringing in veterans as options at positions where the team is less experienced and then ultimately choosing to keep homegrown youngsters instead. It happened with linebacker Barrett Rudd in 2012, cornerback Antoine Winfield in 2013 and right tackle Eric Winston in 2014. And now it’s happened with Evans.

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