Jaguars Cut Veteran Tackle Pashos, Seahawks Should Show Interest

Colin GriffithsContributor ISeptember 6, 2009

DENVER - OCTOBER 12:  Offensive tackle Tony Pashos #79 of the Jacksonville Jaguars blocks the rush defensive end Tim Crowder #96 of the Denver Broncos during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on October 12, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. The Jaguars defeated the Broncos 24-17.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The Jacksonville Jaguars have announced that they released veteran offensive tackle Tony Pashos for his unwillingness to take a pay cut from his scheduled $4.3 million dollar salary due this year.

This move by the Jaguars puts a young, accomplished and skilled veteran lineman on the open market.  The interest in his services should be relatively high, with a lot of teams looking to bolster the tackle position.

The Seahawks have been shaky on the offensive line for much of the preseason.  Matt Hasselbeck took a fair share of hits in his three games preseason appearances.  With Hasselbeck's durability an issue, the Seahawks could use help keeping him upright.

The Seahawks are already without aging LT Walter Jones for an undisclosed period of time.  The hope is he would be able to return in the second or third week of the regular season.  With any more recurring problems in the knee he had microfracture surgery on last year, the tackle position will lack quality depth.

Walter Jones is not getting any younger and is nearing the end of his Hall of Fame career as he enters his 13th season as the anchor of the Seahawks offensive line.  Jones return from his latest operation to remove bone chips from his surgically repaired knee isn't too serious, but recurring problems in the knee does not exude confidence in his continued durability.

At the furthest extreme, more problems in Jones' knee could force him into early retirement. 

It wouldn't be surprising to see the Seahawks pursue the six-year veteran Pashos.  Pashos is a strong run blocker and would fit in nicely with Knapp's run-first scheme.  He plays hard and can be mauler who could propel running backs to the second level consistently. 

The bidding war for Pashos' services will likely go fast with teams looking to have rosters solidified by the first game of the season, so look for him to be signed before Thursday.

UPDATE: Pashos has reportedly signed with the San Francisco 49ers.

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