Hill Tagged


Posted by: Shaun Dolence

The Seahawks have designated Leroy Hill as their franchise player, which will keep him from leaving the team (without compensation) during free agency.

The franchise tag means that Hill will still be allowed to negotiate with other teams, but the Seahawks will be allowed to match any offer. If they decline to match an offer, they are entitled to two first round draft choices in exchange. The Seahawks will likely attempt to work out a long-term deal with Hill before next season.

With the franchise tag, Hill will be tendered a minimum $8.3 million in 2009, the average salary of the top five linebackers in the NFL.

Franchise tags used around the league:

TeamPlayerPositionTender (Millions)
Arizona CardinalsKarlos DansbyLinebacker$8.304
Atlanta FalconsMichael KoenenPunter$2.483
Baltimore RavensTerrell SuggsLinebacker$10.16
Carolina PanthersJulius PeppersDefensive End$16.683
Cincinnati BengalsShayne GrahamKicker$2.483
Houston TexansDunta RobinsonCornerback$9.957
New England PatriotsMatt CasselQuarterback$14.651
New York GiantsBrandon JacobsRunning Back$6.621
Pittsburgh SteelersMax StarksOffensive Tackle$8.451
San Diego ChargersDarren SprolesRunning Back$6.621
Seattle SeahawksLeroy HillLinebacker$8.304
St. Louis RamsOshiomogho AtogweSafety$6.342
Tampa Bay BuccaneersAntonio BryantWide Receiver$9.9
Tennessee TitansBo ScaifeTight End$4.462