Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 11/10/14
Nfl_san_francisco_998a
Welcome back boys!

Leroy Hill was selected in the third round of the 2005 NFL draft by the Seattle Seahawks. That draft seems so long ago, the team plays a completely different style of football today, yet somehow Leroy Hill manages to hold on to the team despite his love affair with Mary Jane.

The reason? Because when he is out on the field he is a decent linebacker who’s off the field troubles have allowed the Seahawks to keep him playing on one year deals at very little risk to the team.

Value

If he could stay healthy (last season was his first 16 game season of his career) and stay out of trouble his play on the field would command a multi-year deal easily paying him 3 times what the Seahawks have been able to keep him for.

Flexibility

Adding LeRoy Hill gives the team option heading into the draft on April 26th.

had the Seahawks headed into the draft later this month without signing Hill they would have had to seriously consider filling their need at outside linebacker early in the draft, sooner then they would like to perhaps.

As I have said before when a team gives itself options it avoids the panic stage and ultimately making a big mistake by over valuing a player based on team needs.

The Seahawks could easily go into the 2012 season with Leroy Hill starting or if the right situation fell into their lap they could draft a replacement and have Hill adding depth to the team.

The Seahawks could easily go into the 2012 season with Leroy Hill starting

Hill’s latest arrest for drug possession did not end with any formal charges so I doubt there will be any suspension from the league associated with it.

The Seattle Seahawks also re-signed linebacker/special teamer Matt McCoy to a one year deal on Thursday.

This is a move that adds to the special teams unit more then the linebacker position.

The Seahawks continue to make moves to help bolster the special teams unit that was ranked in the bottom half of the league last season. Special teams add a lot of hidden yards and can be a significant reason a team wins or loses a game (i.e. the game down in San Francisco last season).

The recent moves suggest Pete Carroll and John Schneider agree that the unit is important to the success of the team.

Matt McCoy has proven he can fill in at middle linebacker and do a decent job in spot duty so his re-signing gives the team valuable depth at the position as well.

The Seahawks front office continues to make moves that are financially sound and they keep giving the team options moving forward.

I could not be more excited to see the type of players the Seahawks add in the draft.

At this point I would have to say the Seahawks are leaning hard towards one of the pass rush defensive ends or David Decastro with the first round pick.

Stay tuned to NWSB Seahawks blog as we approach the 2012 NFL Draft. There’s another mock draft right around the corner.

CLICK HERE CHECK OUT THE SEAHAWKS BLOG IN OUR CLUBHOUSE AT NWSB!

© Brett Bivens for North West Sports Beat, 2012. | Permalink | No comment |

Follow NWSB on Twitter or join US on Facebook for real-time updates OR... | Share This on Twitter | Share NWSportsBeat.com on Facebook

Post tags: 2012 NFL draft, David DeCastro, John Schneider, Leroy Hill, matt mccoy, Mock Draft, NFL, NFL free agency, NFL News, NFL Signings, Pete Carroll, Seahawks, Seahawks Blog, Seahawks Free Agency, Seahawks Headlines, Seahawks News, seattle, Seattle Seahawks

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Aaron Rodgers wins NFL MVP

VCU G Briante Weber suffers major knee injury in loss

Short selling leaves hundreds of fans without S.B. tickets

Hamilton, Edmonds' spouses to appear on 'Real Housewives'

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix trolls LSU over Kevin Steele hire

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jerome Bettis elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame

Report: Duncan suing financial adviser, lost $20 million

Bret Bielema wanted Dolphins to draft Russell Wilson early

Nick Diaz apologizes to fans for skipping open workout

NFLPA President compares Goodell to a 2-year-old

NFL explains how Super Bowl balls will be prepped

2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame class announced

Anderson Silva beats Nick Diaz in return to octagon

WATCH: 'SNL' mocks Super Bowl

Sabres had a horrific month of January

Ole Miss uses Katy Perry as prop in recruiting

PHOTO: Ezekiel Elliott gets new national title tattoo

WATCH: Rondo takes brutal knee to face from teammate

Pig auctioned off at halftime of college basketball game

Should the Super Bowl be played on a Saturday?

Underwear company shows support for Marshawn Lynch

WATCH: WVU player flips opponent the double-bird

Five NFL players who could be cap casualties in 2015

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

2015 Hall of Fame class announced

Aaron Rodgers wins NFL MVP

Tim Duncan suing financial adviser?

Five likely cap casualties of 2015

Making the case for NFL co-MVPs

WATCH: Tom Brady sings about balls

Missy Elliott to join Katy Perry at SB?

Obama zings Pats over Deflate-gate

Each major conference's POY candidates

Super Bowl XLIX preview and predictions: Patriots vs. Seahawks

The 13 things we want to see in Super Bowl XLIX

49 Stops to Super Bowl XLIX

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.