And now, a player who wondered less than a year ago if his career might be over is in line to start at left guard for the Seahawks when they open the preseason Friday against Denver.

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RENTON — As days turned into weeks, then turned into months last fall without a call from an NFL team, Keavon Milton began to wonder if his football days were done.

“I started getting a little antsy, getting a little worried,’’ Milton said of the long wait in August after he was released by the Cleveland Browns. “I didn’t know what was going to happen.’’

In fact, as the calendar turned to late October, Milton considered using his criminal-justice degree to get a job as a security guard or in a juvenile-detention center.

“I was just like, ‘Man, I need to get something moving,’ ” Milton said. “I started thinking about looking for a part-time job.”

Then the Seahawks called, asking him to fly to Seattle for a tryout.

“Out of the blue,” Milton said.

The tryout led to a spot on the practice squad, and then late in the season a place on Seattle’s 53-man roster.

And now, a player who wondered less than a year ago if his career might be over is in line to start at left guard for the Seahawks when they open the preseason Friday against Denver.

Milton has worked with the starting unit all week, with Alvin Bailey relegated to the second team in the battle to find a replacement for James Carpenter, who signed with the Jets in the offseason.

“You want to find your best five (offensive linemen), and I think (Milton) is starting to work towards that, so we are going to give him the opportunity,” offensive-line coach Tom Cable said this week.

Milton admits getting emotional when the Seahawks called last fall to offer him a contract.

“I did cry,” he said Wednesday. “Because sometimes you don’t get that second chance.”

Suddenly competing for a starting spot with a team that is a favorite to advance to the Super Bowl, though, he is taking in more stride.

“I never really thought about it,’’ he said when asked about his somewhat unlikely ascension to a spot with the first team the past week.

Milton played tight end and defensive end at Louisiana-Monroe and earned a spot with the Browns in 2013 as an undrafted free agent, playing in eight games as a blocking tight end.

One day, he said the Browns ran out of guards in practice and asked him to fill in.

“They told me I looked natural, so I haven’t looked back,” he said.

He gained 30 pounds to get up to 320 so he could compete better inside. Still, the Browns moved on without Milton, releasing him in the first wave of cuts from 90 to 75.

The Seahawks, though, favor athletic linemen more than some teams due to their zone-blocking scheme and mobile quarterback Russell Wilson, and they took an immediate liking to Milton.

Bailey entered camp as the presumptive starter at left guard after starting one game there last year and five overall, and he could still be the starter on opening day.

Seattle’s coaches have said they might need all of the preseason to decide on the two open spots on the offensive line (the other is at center, where Drew Nowak and Lemuel Jeanpierre are battling to replace Max Unger), which will give Milton that much more time to make his case.

But Milton already appears to have made the statement that he belongs in the NFL.

He takes nothing for granted, though. Like nearly all players, Milton take notes of what his coaches say in meetings. At night before he goes to bed, Milton said he glances one last time at what he wrote that day.

“If it’s, ‘Hey, my first step is wrong,’ then I write that down and I look at that before I go to bed,” he said. “So then it’s still in my head, so when I wake up it’s still stuck in there and I know what I need to work on.’’

All while hoping the first step he has taken into the Seattle starting lineup isn’t his last.