Seahawks take the Hill back

The NFL offseason is slowing down a bit, and so our normal free-agency comparisons and trade comparisons will be less frequent. We’re still compiling them, though, and will be posting them periodically. In the meantime, we’ll break out notes on some of the more notable moves, such as the Seahawks’ interesting transactions this week. And don’t forget that we’ve compared the post-draft cuts so far (including Edgerrin James) in this post that’s being updated throughout the offseason.

Seahawks (keep LB Leroy Hill; add CB Ken Lucas and FB Justin Griffith) – Hill was Seattle’s franchise player, but the team pulled the tag off of him after drafting Aaron Curry. But the team still wanted to keep Hill, and so they ended up hammering out a long-term deal with him. Instead of a one-year, $8 million deal, Hill gets a six-year pact worth up to $38 million with $15.5 million guaranteed. He’s a solid player who will team with Curry and Lofa Tatupu to give Seattle a terrific (if expensive) linebacker trio. Lucas was a Seahawk for six years before moving to Carolina for big free-agent dollars. He’s a big physical corner who doesn’t have great speed but doesn’t need it for his style of play. It wasn’t that long ago that Lucas was a top-5 corner in the league. In fact, the Seahawks never were able to replace Lucas’ physicality after he left following the ’04 season. He probably shouldn’t be a No. 1 corner anymore, but he’s still a solid No. 2. Griffith is the prototypical fullback for a West Coast offense.

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