Seahawks Reach Agreement With LBs Hill, McCoy


by Sportspress Northwest Staff


Posted on April 13, 2012 at 9:30 PM

The Seattle Seahawks, who have not made much hay in free agency in recent days, re-signed two of their own, linebackers Leroy Hill and Matt McCoy,  Thursday. The Seahawks could still use some linebackers, having recently lost leading tackler David Hawthorne to the New Orleans Saints.

Hill spent his seven-year career in Seattle since being selected in the third round (98th overall) of the 2005 NFL draft. He started all 16 games for the first time in his career in 2011, posting the second-highest tackle total of his career with 89 (68 solo), adding four sacks and one forced fumble.

Hill played in 84 career games with 77 starts, totaling 456 tackles (344 solo), 18.5 sacks and 11 passes defensed. Hill's Seahawks career appeared in jeopardy after a Feb. 25 arrest for marijuana possession at his Atlanta condo in February, but charges were later dropped after a urine test was negative. Hill was arrested for marijuana possession in 2009 and received probation.

McCoy signed with the Seahawks March 17, 2010, after spending his first five seasons with Philadelphia, New Orleans and Tampa Bay. He was the Eagles' second-round pick (63rd overall) in the 2005 draft.

McCoy led Seattle with a career-high 19 special-teams tackles in 2010. His 2011 season was cut short after four games, with one star, due to a knee injury. McCoy has played in 65 career games with 13 starts, recording 114 tackles (70 solo), 2.0 sacks and 72 special teams tackles.

The following tracker shows how the Seahawks transactions during the NFL free-agency period to date:Free Agents Signed

Feb. 10*Breno GiacominiOL$1.5 million base in 2012, $3 million in 2013
March 4*Marshawn LynchRB4 years, $31 million, $18 million guaranteed
March 14*Red BryantEE5 years, $35 million, $14 million guaranteed
March 14*Heath FarwellLBContract terms not disclosed
March 15*Paul McQuistanOLContract terms not disclosed
March 16*Michael RobinsonFBSigned two-year deal; terms not disclosed
March 17^Jason JonesDLSigned one-year deal; terms not disclosed
March 18^Matt FlynnQBSigned 3-year $24 million, $10m guaranteed
March 23^Kregg LumpkinRBTerms not disclosed for ex-Buc back
April 6*Roy LewisCBHawks originally didn't offer contract
April 6^Deuce LutuiOG72 NFL starts since 2006
April 6^Barrett RuudLBEffectively replaces David Hawthorne
April 12*Leroy HillLBHas spent 7-year career with Seahawks
April 12*Matt McCoyLB2011 season cut short by a knee injury
Free Agents Lost

March 15John CarlsonTE5 years, $25 million with Minnesota Vikings
March 16Charlie WhitehurstQBSigned 2-year deal with San Diego Chargers
March 16Atari BigbySSigned 2-year deal with San Diego Chargers
March 31Anthony HargroveDLSigned with Green Bay Packers
April 3David HawthorneLBSigned 5-year deal with New Orleans
*=Own free agent; ^Outside free agent

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