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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.



July 29, 2011 at 8:11 AM

LB Leroy Hill returning to Seahawks

Posted by Danny O'Neil

RENTON -- Linebacker Leroy Hill has reached an agreement to return to the Seahawks.

Hill has played the previous six seasons in Seattle, and his return is the latest twist in what has been a tumultuous two years with the team.

Originally designated the team's franchise player in 2009, the Seahawks pulled that designation after drafting Aaron Curry, only to re-sign Hill to a long-term deal.

That deal was at risk of being voided after Hill was arrested twice in less than a year, first in Georgia when he was charged after police found marijuana in his car, and later on an allegation of domestic violence.

He was never found guilty of the latter charge, and in fact it will be dismissed so long as he complies with court stipulations for 18 months after the August 2010 ruling.

Hill's contract was renegotiated before last season, making him a free agent at the end of the year. He played only one game in 2010 after suffering an injury to his Achilles in the season-opener. It continued a trend in which he's had difficulty staying healthy. Hill missed four games in 2008 after suffering a neck stinger, and was out five games in 2009 -- one because of a league suspension and four because of a injury.

Hill, 28, was a wrecking ball at the weakside linebacker his first three seasons.

COMING
 
GOING
FORMER TEAMPOS PLAYER   FUTURE TEAM POS PLAYER
vik-mark-1-cl.gif Vikings QB Tarvaris Jackson | Story   titan-mark-1-cl.gif Titans QB Matt Hasselbeck | Story
rai-mark-1-cl.gif Raiders OL Robert Gallery | Story   pan-mark-1-cl.gif Panthers K Olindo Mare | Story
vik-mark-1-cl.gif Vikings WR Sidney Rice | Story   sai-mark-1-cl.gif Saints LB Will Herring | Story
car-mark-1-cl.gif Cardinals DL Alan Branch | Story          
RETURNING
 
SEATTLE'S FREE AGENTS
FORMER TEAMPOS PLAYER     POS PLAYER
sea-mark-1-cl.gif Returning LB Matt McCoy | Story   S Jordan Babineaux DL Raheem Brock
sea-mark-1-cl.gif Returning FB Michael Robinson | Story   DL Amon Gordon LB Leroy Hill
sea-mark-1-cl.gif Returning OL Tyler Polumbus   CB Kelly Jennnings OT Sean Locklear
sea-mark-1-cl.gif Returning LB Leroy Hill |   LB Will Herring K Olindo Mare
sea-mark-1-cl.gif Returning DT Brandon Mebane   QB J.P. Losman WR Ruvell Martin
          DL Brandon Mebane S Lawyer Milloy
          OL Chester Pitts OL Tyler Polumbus
          DL Jay Richardson FB Michael Robinson
          DL Junior Siavii C Chris Spencer
          DT Craig Terrill OL Ray Willis

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