Los Angeles Rams offensive guard Tremayne Anchrum (72) against the Denver Broncos during a preseason game Aug. 28, 2021, in Denver. Anchrum sign with the Seattle Seahawks on Monday. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Los Angeles Rams offensive guard Tremayne Anchrum (72) against the Denver Broncos during a preseason game Aug. 28, 2021, in Denver. Anchrum sign with the Seattle Seahawks on Monday. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Seahawks add to position of need, sign guard Tremayne Anchrum Jr.

The 25-year-old has played in 31 games, starting once, since being drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in 2020.

  • Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times
  • Monday, March 18, 2024 5:15pm
  • SportsSeahawks

The Seahawks took a step Monday toward filling what appears to be the largest hole on their roster — the interior offensive line — by signing free-agent guard Tremayne Anchrum Jr.

Terms were not released.

The 25-year-old Anchrum was the 250th overall selection of the 2020 draft by the Rams and has played in 31 games for Los Angeles with one start.

That came in the second game of the 2022 season when he suffered a fractured fibula and missed the rest of the year. He played last season as a backup, getting 96 snaps. He has just 101 for his career. He was inactive and did not appear in any playoff games when the Rams won the Super Bowl following the 2021 season.

Anchrum’s father played college basketball at USC for four seasons from 1991-96, primarily for teams coached by George Raveling.

The Seahawks entered the day with just one player on their roster listed as a guard — Anthony Bradford, a fourth-round pick last season who started 10 games and is projected to take over a full-time starting role in 2024.

Last year’s opening-days starters at guard — Damien Lewis on the left and Phil Haynes on the right — became free agents. Lewis signed last week with Carolina while Haynes reportedly visited the Dolphins on Monday, indicating he may no longer be in the Seahawks’ plans.

Jake Curhan, who was a backup at each spot last year, became a free agent and has since signed with the Bears.

Evan Brown, last year’s starting center, also became a free agent and remains unsigned.

The Seahawks signed former UW standout Nick Harris at center last week and returns Olu Oluwatimi, a fifth-round pick a year ago who started one game at that spot.

The Seahawks brought back veteran free agent George Fant last week to fill out the tackle spot, where they also return Charles Cross, Abraham Lucas and Stone Forsythe, who were the top three tackles last season.

Left guard is the biggest remaining hole on the team, though they could consider McClendon Curtis — a second-year player who is listed as a tackle — as a potential candidate. He started 31 of 38 games at UT-Chattanooga at guard and was signed by early last season as tackle depth and spent the rest of the year on the active roster.

In comments made to the team’s website, Seahawks.com, Anchrum said one reason he signed was because of the opportunity to play and start.

“I’m always one who’s up for a fight. I’m up for competing,” he said. “I’ve been competing my whole life in all areas, especially football. I want to come in and make a difference and make an impact.”

The 6 foot 2, 314-pound Anchrum made 37 starts at Clemson, primarily at right tackle, from 2016-19, playing on two teams that won national titles, and was a team captain his final season.

While he played tackle in college, he has been a guard in the NFL, and spent last season with L.A. largely on the right side.

He was the Rams’ NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee in 2022.

“There’s a lot of admiration for this organization, how they play ball,” he told Seahawks.com. “Coming from the Rams side, I’ve always watched them week in and week out because we play similar opponents and everything like that, and when I saw who they hired as a head coach, I was like, OK, they’re retooling for a really good year and to be a really good franchise going forward. I want to be a part of something special.”

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