The Redskins are very, very quietly compiling a pretty good team. The latest addition to the Burgundy and Gold comes from the great Northwest: former Seahawks offensive guard/tackle Sean Locklear.
For those of you waiting for a sexy, splashy signing, it may not come. But this is another savvy move that helps improve the depth and versatility of the offensive line. The offensive line was a major area of need going into the season, and the Redskins have made moves that help solidify the unit.
Locklear is said to be athletic and mobile, which fits the mold of a zone-blocking lineman. Paired with the earlier signing of guard Chris Chester, the Redskins are building a line that better fits what they want to accomplish on offense.
He has started 78 games in his NFL career and has experience at both the guard and tackle positions, but is better suited to guard. He is now 30 years old and has had injury concerns in the past, which will likely keep him from carrying the load at any position. But he will be given the chance to compete for playing time and he represents an upgrade over any other reserve linemen currently on the roster.
These are the type of players that any successful team has and needs. Games are not won with just the starting lineup and injuries are a fact of life in the NFL. Whether he wins a job on the line or off the bench, his experience allows the Redskins to stick to their game plan.
As a native of Lumberton, N.C., this signing means that Locklear will be playing much closer to home, which factored into his decision.
“It was exciting,” he told the media. “It was a chance to come out to the East Coast after being in Seattle for my whole seven years. I had a good time there, but it was time for a change and I’m excited to be over here.”
Check out the full video of his presser below:
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