The Seattle Seahawks continue to make cap-savvy additions to an already impressive roster, agreeing to terms with veteran offensive guard Wade Smith Monday.
Fox Sports' Alex Marvez reported the news:
Smith himself then took the time to greet the 12th Man:
Now 33 years old after being a third-round pick by the Miami Dolphins in 2003, the former Memphis star spent the past four seasons with the Houston Texans and has one Pro Bowl nod to his resume.
Last season, Smith started 16 games at left guard for a team that lost 14 games in a row. Despite chaos around him, Smith wound up as the No. 58 overall guard in the NFL last season per Pro Football Focus (subscription required), with better marks in the pass-blocking category than in the run game.
Smith becomes a critical piece for the Seahawks upon arrival. For one, he is durable and has not missed a game in each of the past five seasons. That alone is an important facet of his being brought on board, as noted by Dave Zangaro of CSN Houston:
Wade Smith wasn't very good toward end w/ #Texans but never missed a game even though he was hurting and that says a lot about him.— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaro) August 4, 2014
The team's current starting left guard, 25-year-old James Carpenter, came in at No. 65 on the same PFF list. His main competition for the job last year was Paul McQuistan, who departed for Cleveland via free agency.
Smith is merely the latest signing by Pete Carroll and Co. in the past month and change. It is quite apparent that the front office will lean on rebound years from recent veteran additions such as Smith and Eric Winston for an upgrade in the offensive trenches.
If Smith can remain healthy, he will do just that and give Russell Wilson plenty of time to make the necessary reads. At the very least, he will act as a superb mentor for a young, still-developing Carpenter.