Don't rule out OLB Hill in Seattle just yet

Posted March 01, 2012 @ 6:09 p.m.
Posted By Dan Arkush

It would be a big mistake to immediately assume that Seahawks OLB Leroy Hill's late-February arrest for marijuana possession — his third legal issue since 2009 — is a sure ticket out of town. Hill is slated to become an unrestricted free agent on March 13. As he so impressively proved last season, when he immediately took charge of the weak-side LB post after being considered "as good as gone" by many in Seattle before the season began, Hill still might have a lot to offer the Seahawks than might immediately meet the eye — at what figures to be a very reasonable rate following his latest slip-up with the law. Hill could be looking at a minimum of a four-game suspension for the 2012 season as a repeat offender. But he also showed he can still really play in 2011, bouncing back from a season-ending Achilles injury in 2010 by starting every game and finishing fourth on the team in tackles (89) and second in sacks with four.

"There are a lot of opinions on Hill being bandied about," said one source on the scene. "There are some saying that he is likely done in Seattle, but there are a lot others saying that this actually helps their chances of re-signing him. Yes, he could be moving on, but if that happens, it won't have anything to do with this (the arrest)." What would more likely seal Hill's fate in Seattle is a full-court press for a top free-agent outside pass rusher like Houston's Mario Williams. There have been some rumors linking Williams and the Seahawks, but our sources just don't see the team breaking the bank and paying the Julius Peppers-type bounty it would likely take to snag Williams off the open market.