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Seahawks will not match 49ers offer sheet to Garry Gilliam

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Now we wait and see how he fits into the 49ers offensive line.

The Seattle Seahawks wasted no time making it clear they have no interest in retaining offensive lineman Garry Gilliam. Seahawks reporter Sheil Kapadia and NFL reporter Ian Rapoport have both learned the Seahawks will not match the offer sheet Gilliam signed with the San Francisco 49ers.

The 49ers signed Gilliam to a one-year contract worth $2.2 million, with $1.4 million guaranteed, according to Kapadia. The Seahawks tender offer to Gilliam was for $1.797 million, and unlike a franchise tender, would not have been guaranteed upon signing. The Seahawks had five days to match Gilliam’s offer sheet, but they made a quick decision on this one.

The Seahawks benched him at one point last season, and are apparently moving Germain Ifedi over to right tackle. They have less than $10 million in cap space, so all of that together makes it clear why they chose to not match the offer. He could still work out for the 49ers, and it would be amusing as all get out if it did, but I can see why the Seahawks would move on from him.

Gilliam will likely compete with Trenton Brown for the right tackle role, with the swing tackle a very real possibility. Brown is on the bigger side for an offensive lineman, so there are questions how he might adjust to more of a zone-based scheme. With all that in mind, who do you think is the 49ers starting right tackle when the 2017 regular season begins?

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Who will be the 49ers starting right tackle Week 1 of the 2017 regular season?

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  • 82%
    Trenton Brown
    (973 votes)
  • 13%
    Garry Gilliam
    (165 votes)
  • 3%
    Other (specify in comments)
    (42 votes)
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