Wahle to Visit Seattle
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Posted Feb 12, 2008

Adam Schefter of the NFL Network is reporting that veteran offensive guard Mike Wahle, who was cut by the Carolina Panthers on Monday due to salary cap concerns, is planning to visit the Seahawks on Wednesday.

Wahle was selected in the second round of the 1998 supplemental draft out of Navy by the Green Bay Packers, in Mike Holmgren's last year with the team. Though he only saw action in one game in his rookie season, Wahle bounced between left tackle, left guard and right tackle in his next two seasons with the Packers.

2001 began a string of five straight seasons in which he started every game at left guard, both with the Packers and with the Panthers, after Carolina signed him to a five-year, $27 million contract in March of 2005. Wahle missed three games in 2006 with a shoulder injury, but started all 16 games for Carolina in 2007. The Panthers released him, along with veteran linebacker Dan Morgan, in order to free up approximately $6 million in salary cap space for a team that needs a great deal of rebuilding.

The 30-year-old Wahle could be a great fit in Seattle, He's familiar with the Green Bay style of blocking, won't cost an arm and a leg at this point in his career, and would be an excellent stopgap as a starter for two or three seasons while the Seahawks build their line back up from the problematic unit it's been for the last two seasons.

The 6-6, 304-pound guard is versatile, tough, durable and smart. He can instill consistency and add crucial veteran presence. His insertion at left guard would take pressure off Rob Sims and give Walter Jones the linemate he deserves. The Seahawks should do whatever they need to do within reason to take advantage of this personnel opportunity.

Stay tuned for updates as they happen!

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