Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 4/15/12
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

Tom Coughlin: Victor Cruz not expected to practice this week

Report: Redskins ownership won't let coaches bail on RG3

D'Angelo Russell: 'There's a lot of spoiled Lakers fans'

Terry Collins didn't challenge double out of fear of HR

Has Tim Lincecum thrown his last pitch for the Giants?

Jerry Jones is enthralled with ‘vintage’ Darren McFadden

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Three NFL head coaches were interested in Michigan job

Odell Beckham Jr. is not intimidated of Darrelle Revis

Chargers say Seahawks DE took cheap shot at Philip Rivers

Rex Ryan jabs Jets for passing on Martavis Bryant?

Jay Gruden backing down from support of RG3 as starter

Ukwuachu rape victim hires firm that prosecuted Winston

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

D'Angelo Russell zings Lakers fans

Every NBA division's most interesting rookie for 2015-16

Fantasy football round-by-round draft strategy

Ronda Rousey's Carl’s Jr. ad

The WWE Divas Revolution is getting ugly

The NFL’s season kickoff isn’t going as planned, but plans don’t matter in the NFL

The Opening Drive: What happened to all the great Michigan tailbacks?

The 1980s Lakers represent the NBA’s ultimate creation story

The Orioles’ frustrating season

Five greatest NBA players of all-time

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker