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Morning links: Leroy Hill accepts pay reduction

Post by Eric Williams on Aug. 31, 2010 at 9:47 am with 6 Comments »
August 31, 2010 10:42 am

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.

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 reports that Carroll would like a couple more weeks to work out the kinks with this year’s team.

Rod Mar of 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 about the Seahawks’ performance in this audio link.

Morning links
Leave a comment Comments → 6
  1. I’d give San Diego Hill and Housh for VJax. Neither one “bought in”.

  2. chuck_easton says:

    VJack is no longer in the picture due entirely to him and his agents.

    I may like VJack the player but NOT at 5 years $50 million with $30 million guaranteed.

    This for a player that is already suspended for the first 3 games of this season and is one more strike away from the 1 year ban.

    Thanks, but pass.

  3. Dukeshire says:

    Regarding Hill, what a good move for all involved. If Seattle wants to now shop him, it’s far more attractive to other teams. He’s now in no jeopardy of being cut, which was a possibility. (At least I have to believe that is what facilitated his renegotiation.) And Seattle’s not in a position to cut talent.

    My gut tells me they are going to shop him. But it he stays, hopefully he’ll be moved back to Sam and let he and Curry fight it out for time.

  4. No, No, No and No to VJack. He’s one DUI away from being an NFL afterthought a la Koren Robinson. If you want that huge receiver that can get those jump balls, and beat DB’s see Mike Williams, he’s already on the roster. Want to shop Housh and Hill? Look for a pass rushing DE.

  5. eldipper says:

    Leroy Hill is a joke. Get rid of the trouble maker. He does more hitting off the field than on the field. Come on Pete, man up and don’t just give us lip service.

  6. raymaines says:

    Six million dollar body with a 50 cent brain. Way to go Leroy!

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