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

$38 million.

As part of the restructuring, the remaining years on Hill’s

contract have been wiped out, making him a free agent following

this season.

”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

month.

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

order.

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

arrives.

”We really like how Leroy plays. We’re looking forward to Leroy

playing for us,” Carroll said.