The Seahawks risk of taking the franchise tag off of linebacker Leroy Hill has paid off. The team has announced that the LB is sticking around, signing a deal that will pay him up to $38 million over the next 6 years.
The Seattle Times reports that the deal has $15.5 million guaranteed. Hill became an unrestricted free agent on draft day last weekend, as the team took the franchise tag off of him.
He found little interest on the free agent market, and the Hawks and the LB quickly found the right mix to get a deal done. It’s the second big signing for the Hawks in the past few days, as the team also signed cornerback Ken Lucas.
Having Hill as a free agent was the best thing that could have happened for the club, as they sides had not gotten very far on a new deal when Hill was the franchise player. As a free agent, things got done much quicker.
Hill was the Hawks 3rd round pick back in 2005, and in four seasons he’s played in 56 games, with 330 tackles and 13.5 sacks.