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Old 02-19-2009, 10:21 AM   #599
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REPORT: HAWKS TO TAG HILL

Posted by Mike Florio on February 19, 2009, 12:51 p.m. EST

And now there are twelve.

According to John Clayton of ESPN, the Seattle Seahawks have applied the franchise tag to linebacker Leroy Hill.

The Seahawks made the move despite the fact that Hill was arrested last month for marijuana possession. If/when he’s convicted of the offense (or if he pleads guilty), he’ll likely be suspended for one game under the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

As the franchise player at linebacker, Hill will be eligible for a one-year contract with a salary in the amount of $8.304 million. It comes from the average of the five highest-paid linebackers in 2008 based on cap numbers: Ray Lewis ($9.428 million); Terrell Suggs ($8.475 million); Karlos Dansby ($8.065 million); Keith Bulluck ($7.858 million); and Keith Brooking ($7.692 million).
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