Seattle restructures contract of LB Leroy Hill
Linebacker Leroy Hill is taking a major pay cut to play for the
Seattle Seahawks in 2010.
Hill, who is facing a one-game suspension for off-the-field
issues, will have a base salary of $2.125 million for this season
according to the NFL Players Association web site. Hill was
previously scheduled to make $6 million in 2010 as part of a
six-year deal Hill signed in April 2009 that could have been worth
As part of the restructuring, the remaining years on Hill’s
contract have been wiped out, making him a free agent following
”That was a situation where both sides we had obviously been
talking to Leroy through the entire thing,” Seahawks general
manager John Schneider said on Tuesday. ”He had a situation that
came up and both sides felt like we could come up with a solution
and (Seahawks VP of football administration) John Idzik and Leroy’s
representatives did a nice job figuring out a solution for the
situation that Leroy was involved with.”
Hill will miss the Seahawks season opener against San Francisco
as part of a one-game suspension handed down by the league for his
arrest on a marijuana-possession charge in Georgia. He began 12
months of probation for that in April.
Then Hill was arrested on a domestic violence charge in the
Seattle suburb of Issaquah in April. The 27-year-old Hill entered
into a stipulated order of continuance at a hearing on his
misdemeanor charge of fourth degree assault/domestic violence on
Aug. 19. That avoids a trial that could have started this
Issauqah prosecutor Lynn Moberly said the five-year starter for
the Seahawks will be on what is essentially probation for 18 months
and must complete a one-year state-certified domestic violence
treatment program – 26 weeks of weekly therapy and counseling, then
monthly sessions for six months – plus 25 hours of community
service. He is also to have no other criminal law violations and
possess no weapons during the period.
The only contact he is allowed with his alleged victim is on the
telephone, pending his progress in the domestic violence treatment
program and a judge’s subsequent review of that limited-contact
Hill has missed time during training camp with a sprained knee.
Coach Pete Carroll was asked if the restructured deal ensures Hill
will be on Seattle’s roster when the second week of the season
”We really like how Leroy plays. We’re looking forward to Leroy
playing for us,” Carroll said.