New offensive starters for the Seahawks


The Seattle Seahawks returned to the team facility to officially begin offseason training. As it stands right now, the team will have seven different starters (counting the nickelback spot) from the players who started in the Super Bowl -- four on offense and three on defense.

This is a look at the players on offense and the odds on whether they will be the starter for the season opener in September:

Left guard: Alvin Bailey -- Starting his third NFL season, Bailey started six games last season (including one in the playoffs). Three were at left guard, two were at left tackle and one at right tackle. Bailey is taking over for James Carpenter, who signed with the New York Jets. Bailey is a bull up front, but he needs to get in better shape. His weight (officially 320) can be an issue. The Seahawks likely will look for help here early in the draft. Chances Bailey ends up the starter: 50/50.

Center: Patrick Lewis – He was one of four players who started at center last season for the Seahawks. Lewis really improved down the stretch, especially when he started the last two regular-season games. Maybe that’s what gave the Seahawks' staff confidence it could trade Max Unger to the New Orleans Saints to acquire tight end Jimmy Graham. However, it seems almost a certainty the Seahawks will draft a center early in the draft next week, and they still could sign a veteran free agent. But the best of the bunch, Stefen Wisniewski, signed with Jacksonville. The Seahawks also re-signed veteran center/guard Lemuel Jeanpierre Monday, who will add competition for the spot. Chances Lewis ends up the starter: 40 percent.

Tight end: Jimmy Graham – In one of the biggest offseason moves in the NFL, the Seahawks were willing to give up Unger and a first-round pick to get Graham, one of the most talented tight ends in the league. He can be a difference-maker for the Seattle offense. He's a big-play receiver who gives the offense what it has lacked as a big-body pass-catcher who can open things up for the other receivers and running back Marshawn Lynch. Chances Graham ends up the starter: 100 percent if he’s healthy, but the Seahawks will use a lot of two-tight end sets with Luke Willson.

Fullback: Derrick Coleman – Was the starter but he missed most of last season with a broken foot. Coleman (6-foot, 235 pounds) is a valuable asset to the Seahawks as a blocker, occasional pass-catcher and special-teams player. Will Tukuafu, whom the Seahawks signed to replace Coleman last season, is a much bigger man at 6-2, 290, but the Seahawks also plan to use Tukuafu on the defensive line. Coach Pete Carroll hinted they may line him up some as a blocking tight end. Chances Coleman ends up the starter: 70 percent when the Seahawks use a fullback.