Seattle linebacker Leroy Hill remains removed from the team’s offseason activities, according to Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times, and it might turn out that Hill will never wear Seahawks blue again.
A story on Hill’s situation was written on Pro Football Talk Tuesday, in which writer Mike Florio cites a league source that:
“Hill’s $6 million base salary is guaranteed for skill and injury. And we’re told that the relevant addendum contains language that permits the team to void the guaranteed salary if, among other things, he is suspended. … They’ve asked him to stay away from offseason workouts for one simple reason. If he shows up and suffers a season-long injury, they’ll owe him the full $6 million.”
An interesting development to say the least, but when coupled with the remarks made by Ken Norton Jr., Seattle’s linebackers coach, said May 10 on the team’s official Web site regarding the play of linebacker David Hawthorne, things get even more interesting.
“David Hawthorne stepped in last year when Lofa was hurt. He’s extremely explosive, a big-play guy and a very good tackler. He’s the type of guy that you can’t hold back. You need him on the field. I don’t even consider him a backup. He’s a starter until someone unseats him.”
Whether or not the team does in fact cut their troubled, but talented player remains to be seen; however, it appears that Seattle is readying itself for life after Leroy.