Seattle Seahawks Continue Game of Musical Linebackers


Published: April 27, 2009


... the completion of a long-term contract.

The question is: Will that contract be with the Seahawks or with some other team?

After the Seahawks drafted linebacker Aaron Curry fourth overall, they pulled the $8.3 million franchise tag off Hill, making him an unrestricted free agent who can now sign with any team.

"We know that obviously he is a free agent," Ruskell said. "Had we not gotten Curry, it probably wouldn’t have been a possibility. We wanted to make sure we were in good shape that way in terms of our linebackers."

"But, the tag just wasn’t working," Ruskell added. "We were kind of leery putting it on originally, to be honest with you. Both sides felt that way.

"But, we thought it would help get a deal done quicker. When that didn’t work, then we started looking at other options, not knowing if Curry was going to be available to us."

Ruskell said he thinks the removal of the tag will hasten contract talks, and he is wi...

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