Hey, it’s a thought. After all, we didn’t draft a linebacker yesterday and the Seahawks just unfranchise tagged Leroy Hill. From 12th Man Rising:
The Seattle Seahawks have reportedly removed the franchise tag on Leroy Hill, allowing the outside linebacker to become an unrestricted free agent and test the market.
I absolutely love Leroy Hill and the talent he brings to the table, but this is an excellent move. A very shrewd and efficient decision, if you ask me.
Leroy Hill, who was coming off of a poor, injury-riddled season (join the club), demonstrated poor judgment in the off-season and probably didn’t warrant a franchise tag – he is a talented linebacker, but definitely not worthy of a contract similar to that of James Harrison’s. Harrison was the defensive player of the year and played a huge role in winning the Super Bowl; Leroy Hill didn’t make the Pro Bowl and was found unconscious behind the wheel with marijuana in his possession.
Now, he has some character concerns, but he’s far and away best young free agent out there right now. Might be worth it for our Chiefs. Hey, we have the money and I’m guessing Hill will take a somewhat reasonable deal to get out of Seattle after what I’m sure his camp will perceive as a slap in the face.
(hat tip to Redbeard for the idea)