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Suspense over: Hill agrees to 6-year deal with Seahawks

The Seahawks and linebacker Leroy Hill have agreed to terms on a multi-year contract, the team announced Thursday evening.

The Associated Press reported the deal is a six-year agreement that could pay up to $38 million, with $15.5 million guaranteed.

Hill became a free agent when the Seahawks took the franchise tag off his contact status last weekend after drafting rookie linebacker Aaron Curry in the first round.

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Leroy Hill

The fourth-year pro out of Clemson thus was free to sign with any NFL team, but chose to stay with the club that drafted him in the third round in 2005.

Hill is expected to be on the field Friday morning when the team opens a three-day minicamp at its Renton facilty.

His signing allows the Seahawks to retain a strong linebacking trio that also includes Pro Bowl veteran Lofa Tatupu and Curry, the fourth player selected in Saturday's first round of the NFL draft.

The Seahawks admittedly gambled in taking the franchise tag and its guaranteed $8.3 million tender offer away from Hill after adding Curry to the roster, but hoped the move would speed up a negotiating process that had bogged down.

Obviously that paid off, with Hill agreeing to terms Thursday evening. Coach Jim Mora told KJR-950 on Thursday morning he was optimistic Hill was close to signing and explained why it was necessary to get the veteran in camp in time to start learning the team's new defensive schemes.

Taking off the franchise-tag guarantee also gave general manager Tim Ruskell more salary-cap flexibility and he used that to sign veteran cornerback Ken Lucas to a one-year, $2.3 million deal and former Raiders fullback Justin Griffith to a one-year, $700,000 contract.

Mora told KJR on Thursday that Lucas will immediately be inserted into the starting lineup opposite Marcus Trufant when mini-camp opens.

Hill had rejected a six-year, $36 million offer during prior negotiations.

Hill has started 50 of 56 career games, totaling 321 tackles (237 solo), 13.5 sacks, seven forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Posted by at April 30, 2009 5:00 p.m.
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#297048

Posted by Chart Toppin' Man at 4/30/09 5:03 p.m.

Sweet!!

#297049

Posted by MajorHomer at 4/30/09 5:05 p.m.

Fan-freekin-tastic!!! Way to go Timmeh. And congratulations Leroy!

#297052

Posted by Sea Pimp at 4/30/09 5:09 p.m.

Love it!

#297053

Posted by sean13 at 4/30/09 5:10 p.m.

YEA BOY !!!!!!

#297057

Posted by unregistered user at 4/30/09 5:15 p.m.

Thank you so much do i smell asuperbowl this year! YEAH BOY!!!

#297064

Posted by Untrammelled Foetus at 4/30/09 5:33 p.m.

Masterful, Tim. Great draft. Great Brinksmanship.

#297065

Posted by libsrrloosers at 4/30/09 5:34 p.m.

I hate to admit it but I thought Tim needed to go.
Sorry Tim you are looking rather Genius like to me now.

#297067

Posted by Blazecansea at 4/30/09 5:38 p.m.

This is so fantastic! Now, we just need to upgrade our secondary and play a running game as the Giants and Broncos do and will be heading to the Superbowl, i think. Why can't we sign Roy Williams?! He's the perfect piece for our team.

#297068

Posted by Big Island Loop at 4/30/09 5:42 p.m.

Fantastic

No one can debate we now have the best LB corp in the NFL!!!!

#297069

Posted by EdmondsNative at 4/30/09 5:42 p.m.

Allright Leroy!!! You did good and you won't regret it.....You guy's will be amazing!!!

#297071

Posted by Chizzleteypop at 4/30/09 5:45 p.m.

YEEYAH!!!!!!!!!!!!

#297081

Posted by pa seahawk at 4/30/09 6:11 p.m.

We can win the super bowl now as long as we dont have to play the N.F.L. Zebra'a

#297082

Posted by norm140@pcinw.com at 4/30/09 6:13 p.m.

The biggest tempest in a teapot I have seen here in a while. The dude is good but hardly a dominate force. Reminds me of all the nonsense about the "flue" that didn't roar the media is pushing for ratings......all jelly, no peanut butter. I swear, Seahawk fans should join a sorority and talk about jocks.

#297087

Posted by godawgs09 at 4/30/09 6:23 p.m.

WOOOOOOOOOO!!! Way to redeem yourself Ruskell. What a great off-season.

#297090

Posted by pa seahawk at 4/30/09 6:24 p.m.

Norm go suck on your roommates polish sausage. If you havent already

#297091

Posted by unregistered user at 4/30/09 6:26 p.m.

Hey Norm your wrong buddy! Leroy is a big part of our linebackers! Im smelling Super Bowl....With our new Blocking Scheme J.J is going places! Watch Out! GO HAWKS! and congrats Leroy u deserve it!

#297102

Posted by Clark W. Griswold at 4/30/09 6:39 p.m.

Norman posted last night on the football forum that "HILL (is)leaving Ruskell with mud on his face again."

Norm doesn't appear to be a smart fellow.

#297117

Posted by seattle4ever at 4/30/09 7:01 p.m.

norm go follow pa's advice

#297120

Posted by smetana at 4/30/09 7:04 p.m.

Nice! Hawks fan sincs 76 and I can't remember a better off-season! Front office is doing a great job!

#297121

Posted by Chizzleteypop at 4/30/09 7:05 p.m.

Norm is probably one of those fans who thought that there team would make a play on Hill and now has his panties in a wad cuz he signed back with the Hawks.

#297122

Posted by unregistered user at 4/30/09 7:09 p.m.

Um, your not gonna even win your own division, hello. Remember AZ? Does Hill and Curry cover the WR position? How did Lucas do in the playoffs against the Cards, and that was w/o Boldin. Dreamin!!!I put you at 7-9, no playoffs.

#297128

Posted by Chizzleteypop at 4/30/09 7:20 p.m.

Yo unregistered dumbass.....you obviously do not know much about football or else you would know that pressure on the QB has alot to do with how well the secondary does. Last year all of our main pass rushers Kerney etc.. were injured. So once you get pressure on the QB you can then cause a bad throw instead of a perfect one which can lead to an interception or an incomplete pass. Injuries were the problem last year. Do not come over here talking trash about our team if your not gonna do the research. And by research I don't mean looking at our record last year. You have to look in depth before you call out another fans team

#297132

Posted by SDbrian77 at 4/30/09 7:27 p.m.

This is AWESOME news!

#297133

Posted by pa seahawk at 4/30/09 7:32 p.m.

These people like Norm and unregistered really have nothing to do but comment on other teams post. Because Hanna Montana is over. Im sure they could find something else on like Spongebob Or maybe there spongebobbing on each others knob. becareful of the secret Krusty sauce you two.

#297134

Posted by Chizzleteypop at 4/30/09 7:37 p.m.

ahahah pa nice....yeah I don't understand why they need to be over here worrying about our team when they can be worrying about all the stuff that there team isn't doing to get better haha

#297137

Posted by The Choctaw Kid at 4/30/09 7:56 p.m.

So all those haters ripping on TR have to search for some other reason to whine! He's picked up some great talent in the draft since hitting town and noe with Curry, Hill, & Lofa assembled what will be one of if not the best linebacking corps in the NFL.

The Hill thing was played perfectly, Hill got bad advice, TR stuck to his guns and of course the idiot talking sports heads from ESPN & Fox went into full-on panic over letting hill "Walk away" ostensibly making our draft a near failure.

Way to stand strong Tim! If you can capitalize on next year's draft, you could very well reload and rebuild us in 2 short years!

It's going to be fun to see if our defense can turn into an agressive, belt you in the mouth type of unit!

#297142

Posted by unregistered user at 4/30/09 8:35 p.m.

TR did a great job at LB. I wish he would do the same at OG.

Some dummy said the US would elect a black president when pigs fly. One hundred days into Obamas term and presto, swine flu.

#297148

Posted by lundtheconqueror at 4/30/09 8:55 p.m.

This is great news for Seattle and Hill. Seattle gets to field 3 great LB's.... and Hill can hold out for more money after two seasons (cause that's what NFL players do.... count on it).

#297158

Posted by unregistered user at 4/30/09 9:41 p.m.

lol three words for AZ fans: SUPERBOWL LOSERS CURSE

#297167

Posted by unregistered user at 4/30/09 10:13 p.m.

Yes!

#297172

Posted by unregistered user at 4/30/09 10:35 p.m.

ok before everyone gets excited QBcrack still cant win on the road for anything he doesnt have wat it takes for us to go any further yeah we can win division titles in the weak nfc west but thats it one and done in playoffs if we dont get homefield thru out thats why i thought we shud of drafted sanchez so crack could mentor then he could take reins after we trade crack in 2011! and really compete for a chip

#297203

Posted by unregistered user at 5/1/09 1:35 a.m.

yeah we missed out last year because of injuries but we haven't been one and done in the playoffs since 2004 get your facts straight dipsh**!! Maybe now that the opposing players coaches and drunken fans can't tell what we're gonna call 90% of the time (holmgren i'm talking to you)we'll have a decent chance on the road

#297210

Posted by unregistered user at 5/1/09 2:51 a.m.

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#297221

Posted by paulfromportland at 5/1/09 5:02 a.m.

Funny thing about the draft - In Seattle, many posters were anti-Ruskin - In KC, many, many posters were estatic about the coming draft under Pioli and Haley - Now, that the dust has settled, Mr Ruskin had a great draft and post-draft signings. Pioli, on the other hand, had a mediocre draft and just signed some center from the Bengals who couldn't handle nose tackles - Ruskin and the 'Hawks are heading up - KC, under the new CONTROL Cone of Silence regime of Chief and Maxwell Smart are beginning to drift into their 2-14 mode. The 'Hawks will tear up the Chiefs, this fall and help turn them back into the Griefs.

#297225

Posted by AlwaysaFan at 5/1/09 5:35 a.m.

THANK YOU, 'HAWKS!! I take back all the bad thoughts I had about your management all week and PTL--LEROY IS BACK! For all you haters out there, wait and see what he will do just to p*** you off for all the nasty comments. He IS a team player and will show everybody what players from GA are made of.....

#297229

Posted by The Choctaw Kid at 5/1/09 5:58 a.m.

My guess is that with Curry on one side to be reckoned with along with Lofa still dominating in the middle and now Hill, all will benefit from having 3 backers which all offenses must account for every play.

Combined with this linebacking crew if the new wide body D-Tackles can actually plug things up and demand double teams you'll see our DBs have a drastically improved season since they won't be playing run support and opposing QBs won't have their accustomed five or ten seconds to throw on us! Also our D-Ends will have a better shot getting into the backfield and applying pressure.

On offense...I think Jones is an average talent. He'll have the occasionl big game, but over all nothing to write home about, I'm still upset at keeping Duckett who is the definition of a 1-dimensional back instead of Weaver. But next year is going to be a deep draft! If we can pick up a QB, O-Tackle, and running back, we're reloaded and ready for another long run...granted w/a brand new look!

Man...I can't wait till training camp!

#297323

Posted by dellis sharpshooter at 5/1/09 10:33 a.m.

great signing!

i just heard the broncos released selvin young. do you think the seahawks might be interested? he's only 25, and has averaged 5 yards per carry in his career so far. he's also familiar with the zone blocking running scheme. we wouldnt have to break the bank to get him, and i think rb depth is one of our remaining immediate needs.

thoughts?

#297339

Posted by MattPoop at 5/1/09 11:04 a.m.

What I find interesting is a sidebar to the good news. Notice that the PI website references Mora's interview with KJR on Thursday.

Go to the Times website and they are harping on the Mora interview with ESPN 710.

Oh the radio wars are just begining.

#297342

Posted by L**2 at 5/1/09 11:11 a.m.

Hey Chizzleteypop,

Your "panties" comment really cracked me up.

#297657

Posted by KrayzeHawk at 5/2/09 5:14 a.m.

I understand the enthusiasm towards our linebacker core, but there is one thing I dont understand. The only difference between this year and last year with the linebackers is adding Curry and loosing Peterson. JP was a proven pro bowl veteran. Curry has never taken a snap in the NFL. So, as much as I would love to say best LB core in the NFL, I dont know if it is really that much better than last year. any thoughts?

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