Gilliam signed an offer sheet with the San Francisco 49ers as a restricted free agent on Monday, giving the Seattle Seahawks five days to decide whether to match the Niners offer sheet or let Gilliam join their NFC West rivals. The Seahawks didn’t need that much time to reach their decision.
The San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday announced that offensive tackle Gilliam agreed to terms on a one-year contract deal worth $2.2 million. According to multiple reports, the Seattle Seahawks won’t match the one-year, $2.2 million offer with $1.4 million in guaranteed salary. Gilliam was given the lowest restricted free agent tender by the Seattle Seahawks, so there won’t be any draft selection compensation heading back to Seattle Seahawks. Meaning, the Seahawks tendered the fourth-year pro at the lowest level, the Seattle won’t receive any draft compensation from San Francisco 49ers.
The 26-year-old offensive tackle Gilliam, who was originally signed by the Seahawks in 2014 as undrafted free out of Pennsylvania State University, started 29 games for the Seattle over the last two seasons. He appeared in 14 games for the Seattle in the most recent season, starting 13 at right tackle. Gilliam has also made 16 starts at right tackle back in 2015 season.
With Garry Gilliam out of the picture, the Seattle Seahawks will have to rework an already questionable roster lineup.
The newly landed offensive tackle Luke Joeckel figures to start at left tackle, while either George Fant or Oday Aboushi is in line to start at right tackle barring another acquisition or a selection in the 2017 NFL Draft by the end of April.
With Gilliam in the fold, the Seattle Seahawks ranked 25th in the National Football Leagu (NFL) in rushing last season and allowed the sixth-most sacks. Gilliam will likely compete with Trent Brown for San Francisco 49ers’ starting job at right tackle.