First reported by ESPN’s Mike Sando, Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill has reportedly restructured his contract with the team, taking a significant pay cut in this year’s salary from $6 million to $2.125 million, and voiding the remaining years of his deal.
This means that the six-year pro is essentially playing for a contract again, just a year after locking up a six-year, $36 million deal that appeared to set him up for life.
Hill did receive a $2 million signing bonus and $5 million base salary in 2009, but will not receive the final four years and $20 million due in the original contract.
I do think the move shows that Hill understands the effect his off-the-field legal issues had on the franchise and his status on the team.
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He’s already been suspended for a game and additional game check for the marijuana charge in Georgia, 2/17th of his new base salary, or $250,000. But Hill can make that money back by receiving a $60,000 roster bonus and meeting $300,000 in incentives for this season.
And Hill still could receive an additional suspension after settling his recent domestic dispute charge out of court.
We’ll see if Hill has finally learned his lesson and can move from his latest off-the-field issue. He still has the injured knee to come back from, and is not expected to be ready for the regular season. But the question of whether or not he will be part of this team moving forward appears to be answered, unless the Seahawks wanted to renegotiate his contract to help facilitate a trade.
I think Seattle could still use Hill on the roster, particularly with the history of injuries the linebacker position has suffered over the last two seasons.
My story today focuses on linebacker Aaron Curry and his recent elbow injury. Although some might be disappointed with his play so far this season, head coach Pete Carroll sees improvement.
Dave Boling of the TNT says the Hawks are still searching for answers in the running game.
John Boyle of the Everett Herald writes that cornerback Marcus Trufant is working to regain his Pro Bow form.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com reports that Carroll would like a couple more weeks to work out the kinks with this year’s team.
Rod Mar of Seahawks.com offers some spectacular pictures from Saturday’s game against Minnesota.
Brock Huard of ESPN 710 Seattle says he wouldn’t be surprised if T.J. Houshmandzadeh is not on the team when the Seahawks make their final cuts. I would be surprised. He was the team’s most productive receiver last season, and as good as Mike Williams is playing so far, he hasn’t done anything in the regular season.
Michael Lombardi of the NFL Network offers an interesting, inside look at how teams get down to the final 53.
Don Banks of Sports Illustrated likes what he see so far from Hawks receiver Mike Williams.
KJR’s Dave “Softy” Mahler talks to Lawyer Milloy in this audio link.
KJR’s Ian Furness talks with Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com about the Seahawks’ performance in this audio link.