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Old 04-26-2009, 08:56 AM   #862
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Drafting Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry in the first round triggered an immediate ripple effect on the Seattle Seahawks’ roster.

According to Eric Williams of the Tacoma News-Tribune, the Seahawks have rescinded the franchise tag on linebacker Leroy Hill in a move that immediately frees up salary cap space and makes him an unrestricted free agent.

Hill hadn’t shown up for minicamps after not signing his $8.3 million one-year tender and reportedly turned down a six-year, $36 million offer sheet. However, team officials said that they plan to continue to negotiate with Hill even now that the tag has been removed.

Per the report, the transaction was executed just hours after the Seahawks tabbed Curry, the Dick Butkus Award winner, as the fourth overall pick. Of course, the cap money that was assigned to Hill will be taken up in large part by Curry’s pending rookie deal.

Arrested in January on a marijuana possession charge in Atlanta, Hill apologized for the incident. That off-field incident doesn’t seem to be the reason behind the decision to pull the tag.
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