Eagles Send Matt Tobin to Seattle
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - The Eagles have traded veteran offensive lineman Matt Tobin and a 2018 seventh-round draft pick to Seattle for a fifth-round pick next April.
The Seahawks were in the market for a tackle after George Fant, the team's starting left tackle, went down with a torn ACL last week.
Tobin has experience playing both right and left tackle but was no longer in the Eagles' plans. Right now second-year players Halapoulivaati Vaitai and Dillon Gordon are penciled in behind starters Jason Peters and Lane Johnson.
Tobin, 27, started 21 of the 42 games he appeared in with the Eagles after being signed as an undrafted free agent in 2013.
He finished 2016 on injured reserve after suffering a late-season knee injury but started at right tackle in the team's preseason win over Buffalo last Thursday when Peters was away dealing with a personal matter and Vaitai was sitting with a knee injury. Both Peters and Vaitai are back and practicing again, however.
Also on the roster are former defensive lineman Taylor Hart, a player offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland said has a long way to go in his transition to offense, and undrafted rookie Victor Salako.
Tobin is the second veteran offensive linemen to be traded this summer joining Allen Barbre, who was dealt to Denver for a conditional 2019 seventh-round pick in 2019 when training camp was set to begin.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JFMcMullen