Jay Adams of the Macon (Ga.) Telegraph, near Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill's hometown of Milledgeville, caught up with Hill at a charity event in this article.
Hill says he's grateful Seattle designated him with the franchise tag
"Obviously, I'd rather get a long-term deal done, but I can't complain," Hill told Adams. "They committed to me with the franchise tag. I accepted and I'm going to give a full commitment back."
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Hill went on to say that he's looking forward to playing for new Seattle head coach Jim Mora.
"I think it will bring a new spirit," Hill said of Mora taking over in Seattle. "Mike Holmgren was more of an old school-type coach and Jim Mora's a new-school, player's-type coach, so I think it will just bring a new feel to Seattle."
And about the Seahawks still committing to Hill even after the incident in Atlanta, which ended with Hill receiving a misdemeanor marijuana charge, he said he's grateful for another opportunity and wants to be a Seahawk for a long time
"Definitely, definitely. That's where I started my career," Hill said. "I know it's a long way from home, but they gave me a chance out of college, drafted me in the third round and everything, so I give a full commitment back."
Contracts have stall in negotiation between the team and Hill, with Seattle reportedly offering a six-year, $36 million deal.
The TNT's John McGrath says Seattle still should take Michael Crabtree.
D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports on Lawyer Milloy being released from the Falcons. Milloy, a Tacoma native, says he wouldn't mind playing for Seattle.
CNBC's Darren Rovell guesstimates that Alabama offensive tackle Andre Smith's blunder at the NFL Scouting Combine may have cost him $23.8 million in guaranteed money. He projects that Smith has fallen from the top five to perhaps the 28 slot overall, and would receiver about $6.2 million in guaranteed money, similar to what Lawrence Jackson go as Seattle's first-round pick last year.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated previews the free agency period set to begin this Friday, and says there will be no line for Tennessee defensive tackle Alberet Haynesworth.
The Sporting News Albert Breer says Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry made his claim for the No. 1 overall spot with his performance on Monday.
Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree falls to four and Baylor's Jason Smith takes the top spot in nfldraftscout.com's new player rankings.
Pro Football Weekly offers this free agent scouting report on Cincinnati receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who might be a target of the Seahawks.
San Francisco 49ers
John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle says the San Francisco 49ers will have about $25 million under the salary cap to spend in free agency.
Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat provides an overview of his NFL Combine experience.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports that the Cardinals and quarterback Kurt Warner are getting closer to a deal.
ESPN's Mike Sando breaks down the issues between Warner and the Cardinals.
Darren Urban of the azcardinals.com talks to Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt about the possibilities of switching to a 3-4 scheme. The 3-4 is coming back in vogue now with the success of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
St. Louis Rams
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says things have gotten kind of muddled at the top for the Rams, who hold the No. 2 overall pick. He breaks down the options for St. Louis.
More Thomas: Surprise! The Rams like linebacker Aaron Curry.
Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch weighs in on the shifting, daily debate for Rams fans.