Stevens appeals move; denies violating contract

Updated: February 24, 2004, 2:11 PM ET
Associated Press

SEATTLE --The Seattle Seahawks have asked tight end Jerramy Stevens to return $300,000 from his $2.8 million signing bonus as the result of a reckless driving conviction.

Stevens has appealed the team's move to the NFL, contending he did not violate his contract.

Stevens, the Seahawks' first-round draft pick in 2002, was stopped last April 3 in suburban Medina. He pleaded guilty to reckless driving June 10 and was sentenced to two days in jail.

In asking for the $300,000, the Seahawks cited a penalty clause under his $7.2 million, six-year contract. The clause was included in the event Stevens was convicted of drunken driving or pleaded guilty to a lesser charge, club officials said.

The penalty provision was included because of Stevens' legal problems dating back to high school.

Stevens had 26 catches as a rookie but just six last season, although he played in all 16 games.

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