The Seahawks are reported to be interested in Dan Connolly, a starting guard last year for the Patriots, as a possible replacement for Max Unger at center.

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Probably lost in some of the other news about the Seahawks today was a Tweet from Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network that the Seahawks are among the teams interested in free agent guard/center Dan Connolly.

Connolly has been primarily a starting guard for the Patriots since 2010 but has also started some games at center, with 67 starts in all the last five years — he started at left guard in the Super Bowl against the Seahawks.

Rapoport reports that as many as five teams are looking at Connolly but reported that Seattle is interested in him as a center. New England is also interested in bringing Connolly back, Rapoport said.

Seattle is obviously looking for a veteran center to replace Max Unger, having last week hosted Stefen Wisniewski for a visit.

Wbat’s also interesting about this is that Seattle would look at a player like Connolly, who also has history as a guard, as a center. Seattle coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider have each talked about their confidence in Alvin Bailey filing in for the departed James Carpener at left guard.

That Seattle appears to be looking for someone to replace Unger, but not Carpener, seems to speak more clearly to that plan.

The Seahawks also have Patrick Lewis at center and right now it appears they’d like to have a veteran and then Lewis to compete at center — Seattle has yet to re-sign free agents Lemuel Jeanpierre and Steve Schilling — and apparently content to go with Bailey as the starting left guard (along with J.R. Sweezy on the other side).

Also worth remembering that Seattle recently signed guard C.J. Davis, who played seven games with Carolina in 2011 and seven more with Denver in 2012 and was also in camp with the Seahawks last year before being released.

For now, it appears center is Seattle’s focus as it addresses its offensive in free agency. But with 10 — at the moment — draft picks, expect some additional help for the offensive line to come then, as well.