The Seahawks have released offensive lineman Kristjan Sokili, according to his agent.
The Seahawks Monday night released offensive lineman Kristjan Sokoli, according to his agent, Brett Tessler, who revealed the news via Twitter.
Sokoli was a sixth-round pick in 2015 out of Buffalo where he played defensive line. The Seahawks drafted Sokoli with the idea of converting him to the offensive line, playing him mostly at guard and center.
Sokoli was on the 53-man roster all of last season but was inactive for most games and played in just two in mopup duty against the 49ers and Cardinals late in the season.
Sokili was the third-team right guard throughout camp, working behind first-round pick Germain Ifedi and Jahri Evans.
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Both head coach Pete Carroll and offensive line coach Tom Cable spoke optimistically of Sokoli’s progress in the spring.
Said Carroll in May: “I just want to see him go, just want to see him develop. He’s got tremendous ability, he’s the fastest, most flexible athlete we have on that side of the ball and he’s going to play guard and center. We’ve got to make sure we don’t log-jam him out of the center spot because he has the potential to be a really big-time player and we’ll see if we can bring that to the front, but he’s the one transitioning from the other side so it takes a little bit longer unfortunately.’’
As Carroll referenced, the Seahawks had a number of players at center after moving Justin Britt there and drafting Joey Hunt in the sixth round this year. It appears Hunt may have won the backup job behind Britt, who has made a successful transition to that spot to emerge as the starter.
Sokoli would have practice squad eligibility. But his agent seemed to indicate he wants to go to a team now that will let him play defense.
The release of Sokoli drops Seattle’s roster to 83 and means the Seahawks have to release eight more players by the 1 p.m. deadline Tuesday to get to 75.