Here’s some interesting scuttlebutt on the Leroy Hill contract negotiations from Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com.
Florio says according to a league source, Seahawks GM Tim Ruskell did Leroy Hill a favor by offering him essentially the same six-year, $36 million deal with added, unreachable incentives that the team had previously offered and Hill turned down.
Florio said that no other teams were interested in Hill at that price tag, and the Seahawks actually could have low-balled him.
Here’s an excerpt.
Per a league source, the contract Hill recently signed essentially matches the pre-tag offer, with some extra money added to the likely unreachable incentives.
The move also helped agent Todd France get off the hot seat. France has been widely criticized by his colleagues in the business (who, frankly, would criticize their own mothers if it meant possibly swiping one of their mothers’ prospective or actual clients) for failing to insist on Hill signing the franchise tender before or, more importantly, after the Seahawks picked Curry.
Meanwhile, Seahawks president Tim Ruskell privately is winning praise for not sticking it to Hill by reducing the offer. As we understand it, Hill had nothing else even remotely close to his deal with the Seahawks. There’s a belief in some circles that, based on the market for his services, Hill might have been required to take a deal in the range of $4 million per year if the Seahawks hadn’t opted to make their prior offer available.
So it seems Ruskell knew what he was doing when he pulled the franchise tag in that he believed it would help get the deal done sooner and Seattle was offering the best deal.