Seattle Seahawks: 15 best free agent acquisitions of all time

Cliff Avril, Seattle Seahawks. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Julian Peterson, Seattle Seahawks
Julian Peterson, Seattle Seahawks. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) /

Linebacker. 2006-08. Julian Peterson. 10. player. 36.

I must really like these three-year Seahawks. Julian Peterson was yet another free agent who played for Seattle for three years, but still had a big impact. He was traded to the Detroit Lions after the 2008 season.

Peterson signed as a free agent in 2006 for seven years and $54 million. The deal worked two ways for Seattle. They were getting a good player who ended up being more productive as a Seahawk and they signed Peterson away from the NFC West rival San Francisco 49ers.

Peterson made the Pro Bowl in each of his three seasons in Seattle. He had 24.5 sacks and 249 tackles. Peterson also had 34 quarterback hits, 29 tackles for loss and three interceptions.

Even though he was traded after his third year with the team, it wasn’t because of a lack of production. Peterson easily could have been with Seattle longer and been a good player for the Seahawks.

Peterson played just two more seasons after leaving Seattle. After the 2010 season, the Lions released Peterson, who did not play another season anywhere else. Just 32 years old after being released, Peterson retired young. Peterson now owns several Jamba Juice stores in the Atlanta area.