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Seahawks sign guard Van Roten

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Feb. 14, 2014 at 3:56 pm with 51 Comments »
February 14, 2014 3:56 pm

The Seattle Seahawks have signed offensive lineman Greg Van Roten to a 2014 future contract, the team announced today.

Van Roten originally signed with the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent on July 25, 2012. He was released at the end of training camp in 2012 but signed to the Packers practice squad on September 4, and was signed to the active roster on October 13, 2012. He played in 10 games for the Packers (seven in 2012, three in 2013) before being placed on injured reserve (foot) in October of 2013.

His agent says Van Roten is healed.

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  1. doubledink says:

    Packers said they wanted more size on the inside of the line. Maybe he will fit the ZBS. We’ll see I guess.

  2. Ray_Maines says:

    I thought he was a center, but what do I know?

    “His signing means the Hawks now have two Ivy League graduates on the roster, with the other being Seattle native Bryan Walters, who attended Cornell.”

  3. Ray_Maines says:

    Having pretty much nothing to do with anything related to the Seahawks, but still interesting.

    Old white guy makes powerhouse speach…

  4. montanamike2 says:

    More camp fodder.

  5. MikeFromNewJersey says:

    I have a confession to make.. I’ve watched the super bowl every single day since Feb. 2nd… Not the whole game each time, just bits and pieces each night.. Being a champion never gets old.

  6. emperorzook says:

    hey Mike_NJ let us know if you are still doing it on May 1st so I can go to rehab together!!

  7. I’ve “only” watched it four times and I thought I had a problem. :)

  8. I only watched it the first time around :( don’t have a DVR

  9. Full game 2 times and bits and pieces all week. Smith’s pick 6 and Mercy Percy’s kick return TD never get old. nor does Chancellor’s hit on Thomas and Kearse’s pinball machine TD. Good stuff.

    I’m still a tad bit baffled how the “greatest offense ever” was made to look silly. Totally dismantled their whole game plan. It almost doesn’t seem real but what a payoff for the fans who sat thru so many nail biting/ heart attack games the past few years. Whew!

  10. Dukeshire says:

    The fact Seattle played Carpenter at guard ought to dispel any notion regarding size they want for this so-called ZBS. What’s far more important is his strength and athleticism, than size.

  11. MikeFromNewJersey says:

    Hey ezook, im sure I will watch it everyday until next season starts. I may need some rehab by may so thanks for the offer.. Being there was an amazing experience for sure.. My favorite part on tv is the very beginning when Buck talks about it not being a corporate crowd and how loud us 12’s were. Then also when Kam lights up Thomas, that was great and my opinion the Broncos were done after that hit.

  12. bsinnitt says:

    One of the things I’ve noticed about the Carrol/Schneider era is each offseason they seem to pick out the team’s weakest area and bring in multiple guys to compete for those spots the following camp. I expect that group to be O line this year.

  13. bsinnitt says:

    I anticipate Clem being cut if he doesn’t take a drastic pay cut which will leed to fun battle to watch between Irvin and Mayowa at Leo. Two promising young bucks trying to wreek more havoc than the next.

  14. I hope that if we do cut Clem, that our choice is a lot better than those two.

    Nothing against Mayowa, he’s a great kid to root for, and he has a slim chance of being good enough, but Irvin is headed to being a bust, not a DE or LB. He can’t stop a rushing play, gets pushed out of the play far too often, and isn’t quick enough to be a starter at DE and is just too slow for our type of player at LB. (hence why he played 20% in the SB and Malcolm played 50%) He’s a classic ‘tweener’… and we will find another good DE via FA or the draft..

    We better, especially if we don’t resign the McDonald twins or Bennett.

  15. opps… edit to read Bruce is not quick enough to play LB. (He’s too quick to play DE and that’s why he’s 20 yards behind the QB every play.)


  16. Cutting the teams best DL never works out well.

  17. Dukeshire says:

    Irvin is most certainly quick enough to play LB. Speed and agility are not issues with him.

    Seattle will not put themselves in a position to “lose” both Clem and Bennett, either through cutting or not resigning.

  18. bsinnitt says:

    Watching Irvin at LB, it looked like the times he had trouble was when he was indecisive. Playing Leo he can let it rip as long as he maintAins contain on the QB. I agree that Clem was great at one point but being high priced, older, and coming off a knee makes him expendable.

  19. Clemons IS NOT getting paid his 9.67 mil or so in 2014. If you think they shouldn’t cut him and save that 7.5 mil, then tell me who you’re willing to lose to keep him? Can’t have it both ways. The Hawks are up against the cap, have UFAs to sign, and vital players coming up. Get real.

  20. It seems to me that some rely on hope more than reality when predicting these off-season moves. JS/PC will make us all wrong I’m fairly certain though.

  21. SandpointHawk says:

    Well if there is one thing we have learned in the last four years, we are in for a surprise or two. Cuts, FA signings and draft picks will all have some surprises…well for most of us anyway, there is that one guy who’s right 95% of 5% of the time…

  22. Clemons was great during the playoffs.

  23. GeorgiaHawk says:

    5 most trusted NFL teams from a poll of 10 experienced agents.

  24. montanamike2 says:

    MikeFromNewJersey i was wearing my #31 jersey during the SB and when Kam laid that initial hit it set the tone right there. I think he was SB MVP, but i’m OK with Smith getting it. My friends thought i was nuts getting a Chancellor jersey when he wasn’t a known commodity yet, now they don’t think i’m nuts anymore, just insightful. Last year i finally got a few members of my clan to watch pre season games so they could see what i’m seeing. 2 years ago on opening day i predicted Wilson was our QB of the future, i thought it would take him at least a years experience but the kid is even better then i could have imagined. I also touted Turbin and Thurmond so even though they’re good, i can’t claim to be Miss Cleo. This year i thought C. Michael was going to tear it up, but i guess we’d need an injury to even see him. Point is, now i have more people watching pre season with me.

  25. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Some good GIF explosive play breakdowns from the Super Bowl here.

    Notice what the Percy Harvin affect has with regards to helping the rest of the WRs getting open.

  26. Southendzone says:

    Nice job Georgia, I came on here specifically to link that article, it is very good.

    When you add in the awesome seahawk quotes from that day it’s one of my favorites!

  27. After the SB Win, I went down to the first row to shake some hands and talk to a few players. One of the guys next to me had a Baldwin jersey on. Baldwin saw that, came over and gave him his gloves from the game.

    There’s something to be said about wearing a jersey of a good player that most people don’t wear.

  28. montanamike2 says:

    That’s an awesome experience pabuwal, once in a lifetime.

  29. montanamike2 says:

    Has anyone seen Kenneth Boatwright lately, we drafted him at 251 as a rookie last year, now he’s filled out at 275 and Cliff Avril fast. We might have Clem’s replacement waiting in the wings already on the team, we’ll see how he looks during pre season. I’m hoping he learned the system well this year. Also maybe we’ll be surprised by Jesse Williams and C. Michael or who else? We’re actually in a good situation where it hurts to lose players but we’re too deep!

  30. MikeFromNewJersey says:

    @Pabs, thats a very cool story. I tried going down but couldnt get any closer then the 5th row.

    @montanamike, I think all those including Mayowa have a chance, they all kind of had acm redshirt year, also Jordin Hill who only played 4 or 5 games can play.

  31. chuck_easton says:

    Leave it to Pete Carroll to figure out how to bring the college redshirt system to the NFL,

    Just because guys like Michaels, Simon, Mayowna, Boatwright, Hill, Williams didn’t play last year doesn’t mean they aren’t going to be ready to step in when the older guys demand the big payday.

    I expect we will see the same this year. Don’t be surprised if more than half our draft choices end up on IR or PS for their redshirt year.

  32. Southendzone says:

    Hey, next time you watch Sound FX from the SB (here)

    Goto about 24:25, it’s right after we stop them on the 4th down at the end of the 1st half. Peyton goes over to the sideline and he is so flustered, the first thing he says sounds like a total gibberish word. It’s like he says “oogublubblub”

    Pretty awesome, that’s domination when the opposing QB forgets how to speak.

  33. Macabrevity says:

    Mike, I’m one up on ya…. I keep airing the game for people who have never seen an American football game in their life….

  34. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Check out these Super Bowl Highlights-

  35. SandpointHawk says:

    Thanks GeorgiaHawk, nice links on a slow day…

  36. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Thanks, appreciate it SandpointHawk.

    Go Hawks!

  37. Dukeshire says:

    As do I. To paraphrase Larry Davis, “It’s floodin’ down in Portland” and I’m essentially stuck indoors, and as this blog is otherwise dead, I appreciate the good links. Thanks Georgia.

  38. SharkHawk says:

    Wait… somebody seriously just said this about Irvin: “isn’t quick enough to be a starter at DE and is just too slow for our type of player at LB. (hence why he played 20% in the SB and Malcolm played 50%) He’s a classic ‘tweener’”

    I never post from this stupid phone because it’s practically impossible, but I can’t stop laughing at anybody who makes an assessment that Irvin is too slow for LBer and not quick enough to be a starting DE. Do you watch football by chance? Watch Irvin covering the “wheel route” for an INT and tell me how slow he is as a LBer. He’s faster than many WR’s. If a WR is too slow to play LBer or DE in your scheme, then you have bigger issues than this team has.

    Irvin’s problems are all about learning the positions. He’s never had a chance to settle in. Does he have bust written on him in pencil at this point? Sure enough. But because of his speed? Lunacy. The guy could move to TE or WR tomorrow and be faster than many of them. Will he? Of course not, but he could. He’s remarkably fast, which is why they liked him. He oozes talent. But he’s on a ridiculously deep team and was out for the first 4.

  39. Dukeshire says:

    SharkHawk – Thank you. I’m thoroughly exhausted explaining those same points in detailed Xs and Os. Irvin is an elite athlete. Whether he develops into an exceptional NFL football player is still debatable. But I really appreciate your frustration with this false narrative that seems to be taking hold (not here so much, but certainly on other blogs).

  40. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Thanks Duke, and hope the floodin doesn’t keep you away from all those good draft Beer places in Portland.

  41. EzraMelech says:

    I heard some “interesting” information from a friend of mine today. He works at VMAC and he told me he has heard Jim Nagy talking about Jonathan Martin over the last week. Things that make you go Hmmm….


  42. Macabrevity says:

    Sometimes the inability to read a play makes a player seem ‘slow’ but in Irvin’s case he definitely looks fast out there. My gripe would be that he’s 100% out of the play the moment an opposing blocker gets contact. I’ve also seen a couple of plays (not sure if it’s the exception or the rule) where there’s a pileup at his feet, and other Hawks are coming from behind him, still hurling themselves into it, while he’s backing away, not willing to get in the scrum.

  43. MikeFromNewJersey says:

    Their is nothing wrong with Bruce Irvin. Not every 1st rounder turns into a pro bowler.. Hes a solid role player and contributer, what more do you want?? His biggest problem is KJ and Malcolm have been solid LB’s who turned out to be steals, that’s not Irvin’s fault. You can’t compare Irvin to those guys.

    You’re crazy! We are champs and youre complaining about Irvin!? If Clems not here next year then you we see Irvin rush more on passing downs but his every down Leo days are over, unless he puts on 20 LBs.

  44. I get tired of the Bruce Irvin and Chris Clemons comparisons because of their weight. Clem is stout in the run game and Irvin (what little we’ve seen of him at the point of attack at Leo) is not stout. Just because they are the same weight doesn’t mean they are going to perform similar in run defense.

    If that’s the case, then why was big Mike Williams a pansy at run blocking and little tiny Doug Baldwin is actually a good blocker going against the same sized opponents?

    I don’t think Irvin sucks and I don’t think he’s overly good… yet. That being said, I think he’s okay and certainly not a bust. If you want a bust, look at our starting left guard in the Super Bowl. If all starters were as good as him, the Hawks would have the #1 pick in the draft. Instead, he played on a great team that won in spite of him and his contributions.

  45. First, Van Roten may not be the stud FA many of us hoped for, but he’s worth taking a flyer on. Second, he’s versatile (plays C and G) which is always welcomed by Cable. Third, with the stellar play of Jean-Pierre at C with Unger hurt, and his ability to play G well in the past, he’s likely to leave Seattle in free agency this year for a starting job and/or more money, and we have no real option behind Unger if Lem leaves.

  46. Irvin will be fine with another offseason to learn LB/DE. In a year or two, a lot of our LB depth may evaporate as guys get too expensive, so it’s not the end of the world he’s a late bloomer like Tate (even if Irvin is older, he’s a freak athlete).

    Not sure why he has such trouble holding up vs the run. He looks skinny in the legs. Even as a situational pass rusher he’s well worth having.

  47. VNHLNFAN says:

    World Champions!!

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