SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Report: Germain Ifedi leaving Seahawks to sign with Chicago

Mar 25, 2020, 12:05 PM | Updated: 12:07 pm

Seahawks Germain Ifedi...

Seahawks starting right tackle Germain Ifedi is reportedly signing with the Bears. (Getty)

(Getty)

A Seahawks offensive starter has apparently found a new home, as Germain Ifedi will reportedly be signing with the Chicago Bears.

Moore: Ranking Seahawks’ 8 offseason acquisitions

Ian Rapoport of NFL.com was the first with the report, and Ifedi is expected to sign a one-year deal with the Bears.

The Seahawks drafted Ifedi with the 31st pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft out of Texas A&M. Ifedi started his NFL career as a right guard in 2016, but transitioned to right tackle. That was similar to his college career, where he started as a guard before moving to right tackle later on due to first-round pick Jake Matthews entering the 2014 NFL Draft. Coincidentally, Idefi moved to right tackle so Cedric Ogbuehi, who recently signed with the Seahawks, could move from right tackle to left tackle due to Matthews’ departure.

Ifedi has failed to live up to his billing as a first-round selection, as he’s been heavily penalized and has been lackluster at times, especially in pass protection. During his four-year career, Ifedi has been penalized 46 times in 60 career regular season games.

While his play has been questioned, Ifedi is tough and durable, missing just four games out of 64 since entering the league in 2016.

The Seahawks declined Ifedi’s fifth-year option before the 2019 season, and after a flurry of offensive linemen signings last week, primarily Brandon Shell, whose contract of $11 million over two years would lead one to believe that he will take over at right tackle.

Ifedi becomes the fourth member of the 2019 Seahawks to be leaving in free agency, joining defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson (Buffalo), defensive lineman Al Woods (Jacksonville) and fellow offensive lineman George Fant, who got a three-year, $30 million payday from the New York Jets.

It’s interesting Fant got a deal worth over $13 million guaranteed while Ifedi’s deal is for one year and, as Rapoport noted, he may be moving back to guard, as Fant has just 24 career regular season starts to his name and missed all of 2017 with torn ACL.

With Ifedi’s departure, the two main question marks on the offensive line are at left guard and center.

Left tackle Duane Brown and right guard D.J. Fluker are both under contract for next season and are expected back. While center Justin Britt, who tore his ACL last season, is also under contract, he is seen as a potential cap casualty due to his high cap hit of roughly $9 million. Joey Hunt, Britt’s backup, was tendered, so he’s expected back, and the team signed guard/center B.J. Finney in free agency.

At left guard, Finney could start, and there’s also in-house options of Jamarco Jones, Phil Haynes and Jordan Simmons.

With moves on the offensive line seemingly set until we hit the draft in April, all eyes are on (if they weren’t already) how the Seahawks address the pass rush. The Seahawks have brought former first-round pick Bruce Irvin back to Seattle and re-signed Jarran Reed, but they’re making a push to bring back Jadeveon Clowney.

Follow 710Sports.com’s Brandon Gustafson on Twitter.

More Seahawks offseason coverage

Seahawks adding Dorsett has more meaning than just addressing a need
Gallant: Seahawks ahead of the curve with way coaching is trending in NFL
Huard: Seahawks could see Dunbar and Griffin competing for payday
Why Hawks would have ‘zero hesitation’ bringing back Josh Gordon
2020 offseason tracker: Signings, departures and more

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks 49ers Brandon Aiyuk...

Amiliano Fragoso, SacTown Sports

NFC West Check-In: 49ers star Aiyuk reportedly requests trade

With the clock getting nearer and nearer to a new NFL season, Brandon Aiyuk appears to be fed up with waiting on the San Francisco 49ers to meet his price.

18 hours ago

NFL training camp Russell Wilson Pittsburgh Steelers...

Rob Maaddi

NFL Training Camps: Top storylines and more as rookies report

The short summer vacation is over for NFL players with the arrival of training camps. It’s time to begin the journey to Super Bowl 59.

2 days ago

Seattle Seahawks Phil Haynes Washington Commanders 2023...

Cameron Van Til

Several unsigned ex-Seahawks remain in free agency

Brock Huard and Mike Salk discuss the handful of former Seattle Seahawks who remain unsigned on the free agent market and what it means.

2 days ago

Seattle Seahawks WR JSN...

Zac Hereth

The WR mold Seahawks’ JSN fits from Grubb’s UW offense

Danny Kelly from The Ringer explains the role he sees Jaxon Smith-Njigba filling in his second year with the Seattle Seahawks.

3 days ago

Seattle Seahawks CB Nehemiah Pritchett...

Zac Hereth

The best thing about the Seahawks’ rookie class

Former NFL receiver Michael Bumpus explains what he likes best about the Seattle Seahawks' 2024 rookie class.

3 days ago

Seattle Seahawks OL Christian Haynes...

Zac Hereth

Will Christian Haynes impact Seahawks’ interior OL?

Third-round draft pick Christian Haynes is No. 21 on Brock and Salk's annual “Most Intriguing Seattle Seahawks.”

4 days ago

Report: Germain Ifedi leaving Seahawks to sign with Chicago