[caption id="attachment_12271" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, center, is sacked for a 9-yard loss by Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill, right, as Seahawks' Roy Lewis, left, looks on during the second quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)"] [/caption]Considering linebacker Leroy Hill’s latest brush with the law, the leading opinion is that there’s little chance the 29-year-old linebacker will be back in Seattle.
But Dave Boling of The News Tribune wonders if Hill’s price tag has just come down, making it easier for Seahawks’ brass to keep him on the 2012 roster.
Boling: Teams are unlikely to heavily invest in an aging linebacker who could face a looming suspension. So bidding in the market might make him inexpensive to keep.
The Seahawks are already lean at linebacker, with leading tackler David Hawthorne a free agent whose longevity and durability can be fairly questioned.
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Depending on the evidence in Hill’s case, I don’t think the current Seahawk front office is going to be too judgmental about a possession charge.
They drafted tight end Anthony McCoy after reportedly testing positive for marijuana at the 2010 combine. He was a projected third- or fourth-round pick, so he seemed a bargain worth taking when he was available in the sixth round.
So it’s logical to speculate that they’ll likewise consider keeping Hill if his expected performance warrants the contract investment."
Dave Wyman of ESPN 710 Seattle says Hill needs to realize the talent that he has and understand you get only so many years to play in the league.
Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com says to be wary of these workout warriors, including North Carolina linebacker Zach Brown and USC defensive end Nick Perry. Rang compares Brown’s linebacker instincts to Aaron Curry, and we all know that’s not a good thing.
Don Banks of Sports Illustrated hands out awards from last week’s combine.
ESPN’s Mike Sando gives us the best and worst performance from each workout at the combine.
Peter Schrager of Fox Sports gives Seattle South Carolina edge rusher Melvin Ingram in his post-combine mock draft.