LB Hill commits to Seahawks

Updated: May 1, 2009, 9:30 AM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

The Seahawks reached an agreement Thursday to keep linebacker Leroy Hill, six days after pulling the franchise tag, the team announced.

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According to a source, Hill received a six-year, $38 million deal that includes $15.5 million in guarantees. In keeping him, the Seahawks now have one of the best linebacking corps in the league -- Hill, Lofa Tatupu and first round choice Aaron Curry.

One of the interesting addendums to the contract, according to a source, is a provision that will allow Hill to keep the guarantees if he is suspended for an offseason incident in which he was found asleep in a car and marijuana was found in the car. Normally, the language of most contracts puts the guarantees at risk if there is a suspension or an off-field incident. Under Hill's new six-year deal, his guarantee is protected.

Hill had been offered a six-year, $36 million deal at the beginning of free agency.

A third-round choice in 2005, Hill has started 50 of 56 games. He has 321 career tackles and 13-and-a-half sacks. He's also forced seven fumbles and two fumble recoveries during his career.

Senior writer John Clayton covers the NFL for ESPN.com.

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