SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Offensive lineman Garry Gilliam is joining the San Francisco 49ers after Seattle declined to match his restricted free agent tender.
The Seahawks had the right to match Gilliam’s $2.2 million contract for 2017, but instead allowed him to join an NFC West rival on Tuesday. The Seahawks will not receive any compensation because they tendered Gilliam at the lowest level.
Gilliam has experience playing both tackle positions and will likely compete with Trent Brown for the starting right tackle spot this season in San Francisco.
Gilliam entered the league in 2014 as an undrafted free agent out of Penn State. He started 29 games the past two seasons with Seattle.