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Luke Joeckel's deal with Seahawks includes $7 million guaranteed

Luke Joeckel will be paid like a starter in Seattle, but it's unclear which position he'll play. Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

Luke Joeckel's one-year, $8 million deal with the Seattle Seahawks includes $7 million in guarantees.

The remaining $1 million is tied to Joeckel being active on game days. He will receive an additional $62,500 for each game that he's part of the 46-man active roster. Joeckel's contract includes a signing bonus of $4.25 million.

Because Joeckel played in only four games last season, the immediate cap hit is $7.25 million. The additional $750,000 could be added to the cap during next season, depending on how many games he's active for.

Joeckel started 35 games at left tackle during his first three seasons in the league with the Jacksonville Jaguars. They moved him to left guard last year, but Joeckel appeared in only four games before tearing the ACL, MCL and lateral meniscus in his left knee. The former No. 2 overall pick will be 25 at the start of the 2017 season.

As for fit, the Seahawks' strategy (while not always successful) is usually to try players out at different spots in hopes of finding the best five. Joeckel is likely to get a chance to compete at tackle with George Fant and Garry Gilliam. But there are still a lot of moving parts with the Seahawks up front.

The team lost out on Pro Bowl guard T.J. Lang, but could still add another lineman. And it's possible that the Seahawks will give Germain Ifedi a shot to play right tackle with Joeckel at guard.

From left to right, the Seahawks' offensive line last season was: Fant, Mark Glowinski, Justin Britt, Ifedi and Gilliam. Among that group, the only lock to start in the same place in 2017 is Britt.

The Seahawks' decisions up front could be clouded further if they add talent through the draft. And Seattle also has last year's third-round pick, Rees Odhiambo, as an option at guard.

Right now, the strategy seems to be to add talent and figure it out in the summer. But based on the money Joeckel is receiving, it's clear that the Seahawks view him as a starter.