The Redskins filled a need on Friday afternoon, signing veteran offensive tackle Sean Locklear to provide depth at a position where the team was previously too thin.
Locklear, 30, has played in 97 games in his seven-year NFL career, logging 78 starts. The long-time Seattle Seahawk and NC State product is a North Carolina native.
He’s expected to upgrade Washington’s depth at tackle, where he’ll likely serve as the primary backup to both Jammal Brown and Trent Williams.
“It’s a good opportunity, I’m just glad to be here,” Locklear told reporters after participating in his first walk-through with the Redskins. “It’s a chance to come in here and compete and see what happens.”
Locklear started a pair of playoff games for Seattle last season. He’s also played in a Super Bowl.
“I was excited,” the veteran-lineman said about signing with the Redskins. “It was a chance to come back to the east coast. I’ve been in Seattle my whole seven years and had a good time there but it’s time for a change and [I’m] excited to be over here.”
Having now signed two linemen in two days, the Redskins look to still be attempting to bolster an offensive front that issued the second-most quarterback pressures in the NFL last season.
Right guard Chris Chester is the only new addition projected to start along Washington’s offensive line. Left tackle Trent Williams and left guard Kory Lichtensteiger are expected to maintain their starting spots, and center Will Montgomery – while now playing an expanded role – played extensively at the end of the 2010 season.
Locklear knows he’ll have a chance to impress his new coaches but he isn’t sure with whom exactly he’ll be battling for playing time.
“They haven’t really said yet,” Locklear said about four hours after inking a new contract. “I just talked to Coach Shanahan, he said [to] come in and compete and we’ll go from there. I’m just glad to be on a team so I’m going to let them figure out where they want to place me at and then go from there.”
As for where the 6-foot-4, 310-pounder feels most at home?
“I feel comfortable on the right side. That’s what I’ve played. I’ve played a little bit of left, but I really don’t know what’s going to happen right now.”
For the full audio from Sean Locklear’s meeting with the DC media, listen here: