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Hawks LB Hawthorne signs extension

As first reported by Brian McIntyre, Seattle Seahawks starting linebacker David Hawthorne signed a one-year extension with the team.

The Seahawks confirmed the deal this evening. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but according to contract numbers first reported by McIntyre, Hawthorne’s deal is worth $1.38 million, and includes a $350,000 signing bonus along with an increase of his $470,000 base salary as an exclusive rights free agent to $696,667 for the final six weeks of the regular season.

Hawthorne also is set to make $900,000 in base salary in 2011, along with $50,000 in per game roster bonusesThe 25-year-old linebacker was an exclusive right free agent this past offseason, and tendered by Seattle, making the league minimum of $470,000 based on his two accrued years in the league.

With the Seahawks placing the exclusive rights tender on him, Hawthorne had little bargaining power and could not to sign with another NFL team.

Last year, the undrafted free agent out of Texas Christian played in all 16 games and started 11 at middle linebacker in place of Lofa Tatupu, who went on the injured reserve after having surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle in October.

Hawthorne more than held his own, leading the team in tackles with 117, finishing second on the team in sacks with four and along with safety Deon Grant, leading the team in interceptions with three. Hawthorne also forced two fumbles.

And Hawthorne has followed his solid play in 2010 with another good season at different position this year. In 11 games for Seattle starting at outside linebacker, Hawthorne leads the team in tackles with 66, has a forced fumble, an interception and four pass deflections.