Seahawks Gambling by Trading Peterson


Published: March 14, 2009


... a $54 million contract, the Seahawks president has decided he doesn’t like that deal and has traded the five-time Pro Bowl ‘backer to Detroit for defensive lineman Cory Redding and a fifth-round draft pick.

The swap has a lot of repercussions.

First, it means the Seahawks are now short a starting linebacker, with only Lofa Tatupu and Leroy Hill returning.

This move also puts the pressure on the Seahawks to get a contract extension with Hill, who is currently tendered for the one-year franchise contract of $8.3 million. Hill has turned down a deal worth $6 million a year, but his leverage just shot through the roof, as his agent surely will emphasize the linebacker’s even greater importance to the Seahawks.

Now Ruskell will have to replace Peterson’s big contract with one of equal size for Hill.

Ruskell saved a net $900,000 this year by making this move, which hardly seems worth it. Peterson was due $6.5 million in salary...

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