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