The Seahawks have not released Leroy Hill, but they did restructure his contract.
The new contract will reportedly lower Hill’s 2010 salary from $6 million to $2.125 million and remove the remaining four years. With the new deal, Leroy Hill will be a free agent after the season.
For those of you hoping the Seahawks would dump Hill during the offseason, this could be the next best thing.
The restructured deal will give Hill an opportunity to prove his worth both on and off the field. The Seahawks no longer have a long-term commitment with the troubled linebacker.
Linebacker has been a position of strength for Seattle; allowing Hill to walk as a free agent wouldn’t necessarily hurt the team on the field. Receiving compensation for the linebacker would be nice, but it would have been difficult to find a partner willing to take on Hill’s contract and off-field issues.
According to Mike Sando, Hill’s new deal lets him earn back $300,000 in incentives, and he also gets a $60,000 roster bonus.