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Seahawks sign guard Van Roten

SEATTLE -- Adding depth at a position group that could undergo significant change in the offseason, the Seahawks signed free agent guard/center Greg Van Roten on Friday.

Van Roten, who played at Penn, spent the past two seasons with the Green Bay Packers, who signed him in 2012 as an undrafted free agent.

He played in seven games for the Packers in the regular season in 2012 and both playoff games, and then three more in 2013 before being placed on injured reserve with a foot injury.

He was cut by Green Bay earlier this week, but his agent, Bill Baldini, told ESPN that it was not related to his injury and that his foot "is fine."

The 6-foot-3, 303-pound Van Roten tweeted the news of his signing early Friday, later adding that he was "Excited to be on the quiet side of the 12th man #loudnoises"

Van Roten was signed by Seattle to a one-year contract and will compete for a spot on a line that could look different when the Seahawks take the field for offseason workouts in May.

Starting right tackle Breno Giacomini and veteran guard/tackle Paul McQuistan will each become unrestricted free agents in March, and backup center Lemuel Jeanpierre will be a restricted free agent.

With the NFL season completed, teams are free to sign unaffiliated players to their rosters. Teams can have 90 players on their rosters for offseason workouts and training camp, before cutting to 53 for the regular season.

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