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Hawks LB Hawthorne signs extension

Post by Eric Williams on Nov. 30, 2010 at 6:03 pm with 13 Comments »
November 30, 2010 6:04 pm
Seahawks linebacker David Hawthorne (Joe Barrentine/TNT)

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 bonuses
The 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.

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    It’s odd to see an in season re-signing after years of Ruskell’s “no negotiating until the contract’s up” philosophy. Another change for the better.

  2. I remember Babs and Terrill got extentions in the middle of a season about 3-4-5 years ago?

    Sign Mebane soon!!!

  3. Dukeshire says:

    Babs, that’s right. Right at the beginning of the season, as I recall. I don’t remember Terrill being re-upped in mid-season though. (Not disputing mind you, just don’t remember.)

  4. variable575 says:

    bye bye Hill.

  5. Hill is so injury prone that it’d be foolish to count on him for anything moving foward. Even if Curry played more Leo next year and left the position open to Hill (assuming he’d be brought back) we would need to make sure we had a good replacement for him, as we all know that that back-up would make several starts due to Hill missing time for whatever reason(s).

  6. Maybe he’ll be the replacement for our middle linebacker? The draft should be interesting. Bet we see a linebacker or 2 in there.

  7. Palerydr says:

    Man trying to find a positive after this last game is tough. What I don’t agree with is all the posters who seem to think that these guys are laying down and giving no effort. I don’t see that at all I see guys getting pushed off the line but not because they are quitting but because they just aren’t as good as the guys they are going against.

  8. Goodbye Leroy Hill.

  9. hmmm… Wouldn’t Heater have been an RFA this offseason? Why work on a contract for him and not a guy like BMFMW or Mebane?

  10. Lofa once called Hill the best LB on the roster. If he can return from injury why wouldnt anybody welcome him back? He might work out again.

    NFL network fantasy stats had Obo as 3rd among WR’s this week.
    (bowe #1 / branch #2) Interesting how he’s doing well..

    NFL network will also have a Carroll sound FX show next tuesday.

  11. I’m happy for Deion… I am also happy he’s playing elsewhere. He has talent, I don’t ever remember anyone doubting that. He’s just injury prone (which never allowed he and Hass to develop any sort of rapport). Worse, his existence on the top of the depth chart deprived promising youngsters from developing. Besides, Obo’s been lights out since given the starting nod, and he’s always been a huge asset on “teams”!!

  12. nighthawk2 says:

    It was a very rare thing for Tim Numbskull to re-sign a player before his contract was up (i.e. Steve Hutchinson). I’m glad to see the organization is moving beyond that.

    Maybe they don’t envision that overrated/overpaid 4th overall pick of Numbskull’s getting a new contract in 3 years. Hawthorne is 45th in the NFL in tackles with 66 along with 5 passes defended, an interception, a forced fumble and recovery. Curry is tied at 137th with 48 tackles, 3 sacks and 2 forced fumbles. Not real impressive for the 4th overall pick and a guy making the money he is.

  13. HawkyHann says:

    Great move. Very deserving. Now lets pursuade Lofa to be a coach and get his slow ass off the field. We need a smart MLB who can blow people up and cover. So tired of watching him choke or get injured. One thing you can count on every season, Lofa will get hurt or be banged up cuz he’s undersized and fat.

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