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D.J. Fluker Released by Seahawks After Damien Lewis Taken in 2020 NFL Draft

Megan ArmstrongSenior Analyst IIApril 26, 2020

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 29:  Offensive tackle D.J. Fluker #78 of the Seattle Seahawks sits on the bench after losing to the San Francisco 49ers 26-21 at CenturyLink Field on December 29, 2019 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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The Seattle Seahawks released offensive tackle D.J. Fluker, the 29-year-old announced through Twitter on Sunday evening:  

DJ Fluker TheWarrior @DJTheWarrior76

Dear 12s, I was released by the Seahawks today. Couple of things: I am not upset, or hurt. This is a business and one that I’ve been in for a while. I want to thank John and Pete for their very thoughtful calls. Stay safe, be kind and I love y’all. Thank you, Seattle.

The Seahawks selected former LSU offensive guard Damien Lewis in the third round of the 2020 NFL draft. The two moves are perceived to be linked:

bcondotta @bcondotta

This is obviously the first domino from this weekend's draft. Damien Lewis brought in to compete at the RG spot, and Seahawks have added lots of offensive linemen over the offseason. https://t.co/tRDRgzFAXN

Brady Henderson @BradyHenderson

D.J. Fluker was one of the Seahawks' best free-agent signings of the last few years and a highly-regarded presence in their locker room. But his future in Seattle was seeming more and more iffy with their recent OL moves, especially drafting RG Damien Lewis in the third round.

According to ESPN's Brady Henderson, Seattle will clear $3.6 million in cap space and take on $500,000 in dead money.

The Alabama product was originally selected 11th overall in the 2013 NFL draft by the then-San Diego Chargers, with whom he played until 2016. He signed a one-year deal with the New York Giants in March 2017 before landing with the Seahawks ahead of the 2018 campaign.

Fluker appeared in 24 games (23 starts) for Seattle, including 14 appearances (all starts) last season.

PFF @PFF

D.J. Fluker is staying in Seattle https://t.co/yfS6j4oUa5

"[Lewis] won't take a back seat to anybody," head coach Pete Carroll said after the draft, per Seahawks Wire's Andy Patton. "He's going to come in here and battle for it. We feel really good. That's really part of the reason why we took him. We want him to come in here and battle to play. All of that competition will make us better."

Jim Nagy @JimNagy_SB

A primary reason the #Seahawks signed D.J. Fluker was to toughen up the OL room. OL Coach Mike Solari had Fluker with the Giants and lobbied the Seahawks to sign him because of the passion and mentality. Two years later, mission accomplished. @DJTheWarrior76 ✊.

Lewis is placed behind 32-year-old Mike Iupati on the Seahawks' depth chart, per ESPN.

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