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Lutui has needed some help keeping control of his weight, and a clause in his contract stipulates a maximum weight.
The starting offensive line for the Seahawks figures to be Russell Okung, Paul McQuistan, Max Unger, John Moffitt and Breno Giacomini.
Seattle's 2012 first-round pick, RT James Carpenter, isn't likely to be ready for the start of the season and will look to challenge for a starting spot later in the season.
Given the Seahawks' issues with health since their 2005 Super Bowl run, Carpenter figures to be an injury replacement this season at a minimum.
Barring injury, Okung, Unger and Moffitt will be starting, and it would take a huge camp by one of the competitors to unseat Giacomini.
Seattle added Alex Barron, Frank Omiyale and Rishaw Johnson in free agency—the latter after he failed to be drafted in 2012. All three will compete in camp and add great depth to the roster, but it would be surprising to see more than one of these players make the final 53-man roster.
The other free-agent acquisition was former star RG Deuce Lutui. He had issues controlling his weight with the Arizona Cardinals and showed up for training camp one year just a few happy meals short of 400 lbs.
Tired of the antics, the Cardinals opted to let the six-year veteran look for options again this offseason.
He was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2011, only to be released because he couldn't pass his physical. Adam Schefter originally reported the team felt he was simply too fat to play the position. He rejoined the Cardinals and played in 15 games last season.
Lutui responded this offseason by adopting a vegan diet, if only temporarily, and reported to the Seahawks at a friendly 338 pounds. His $1.29 million contract stipulates his weight needs to stay below 350 lbs.
Head coach Pete Carroll offered some thoughts about adding Lutui on Seahawks.com.
Deuce Lutui, he is a joy to have out here. He has got such a great spirit. He always did. We looked at opportunities to get him on this club just because of that. He looks good. His weight is down—I mean, way down from where he can be. He’s a vegan, too, now, so he has really made a big turn, if you can imagine.
Carroll joked that Lutui reported at 208 pounds—a weight Lutui hasn't likely seen since junior high.
Some of his new linemates are also ribbing Lutui about his diet. Unger responded to news that Lutui went vegan by stating “I’m not sure if that story is true or not. He said it was 'for a period of time.' What does that mean? I’m a vegan right now. I haven’t eaten in three hours.”
Lutui cleared the air during the team's minicamp last week.
It was true, I did get into (a vegan diet). It helped me keep off a lot of weight. Now I’m into chicken and fish and staying away from red meat. I’ve adapted to the vegan concept and mixed my cultural identity and the vegan together.
I don’t want to say I’ve lost any identity or anything, but I made a commitment to myself and my family. It’s helped bless my life. It’s been an issue in the past, but I have my eyes forward and I’m very optimistic with this team and with reuniting with Coach Carroll.
Duece Lutui on going vegan and his weight battle
Lutui built a reputation as being a bad boy on the field in college and the NFL. Hard-nosed play is a quality Carroll likes in his players, as does line coach Tom Cable.
This approach to protecting Jack Flylson and opening holes for Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin could lead to Lutui snagging the starting spot at left guard.