Seattle Seahawk fans can breathe a sigh of relief. D.J. Fluker isn’t going anywhere.
According to multiple sources, Fluker and the Seahawks have agreed to terms on a two-year deal worth up to $9 million. Base salary and guaranteed money have yet to be disclosed.
Fluker joined the Seahawks on a one-year deal last March, following offensive line coach Mike Solari from New York to Seattle. The former first-round pick out of Alabama missed the first two games of the regular season with a hamstring strain, but once he returned to the starting lineup in Week 3, Seattle rattled off seven consecutive games with 100-plus rushing yards.
Frequently called the “spirit” of Seattle’s offensive line by coach Pete Carroll, Fluker helped the Seahawks rush for over 2,500 yards by mauling opponents at the line of scrimmage, imposing his 350-plus pound frame on opponents in the trenches. During the 10 games he played in last season, the Seahawks averaged nearly 160 rushing yards per game, renewing their status as the bully of the NFC West.
Durability remains a concern for Fluker, who missed nearly half of the season in 2017 with the Giants due to a toe injury and sat out six games with various injuries last season.
But after seeing his impact on the field and in the locker room, Seattle prioritized “Fluke” as one of the key free agents they hoped to retain. Though negotiations didn’t seem to be trending in the right direction based on Fluker’s social media posts earlier this week, Seattle’s scheme is a perfect fit for him and his new deal solidifies an offensive line that will now have four starters back from a year ago.
With Fluker re-signed, the Seahawks could potentially have four former first-round picks on their starting offensive line next season. Along with Fluker, Duane Brown, and Germain Ifedi, the team signed guard Mike Iupati to a one-year deal on Thursday to replace J.R. Sweezy, who signed with the Cardinals earlier this week.