Updated Apr 12, 2012 - 6:16 pm
Seahawks agree to deals with Leroy Hill, Matt McCoy
The Seahawks have agreed to terms with linebackers Leroy Hill and Matt McCoy on one-year deals, the team announced Thursday.
Hill, 29, returns to the Seahawks for an eighth season. After dealing with injuries and off-field issues in recent years, Hill had a bounce-back season in 2011, making 89 tackles while playing in all 16 games for the first time in his career.
Hill was arrested in February for marijuana possession, but the charges were later dropped.
McCoy, 29, was a special teams standout for the Seahawks in 2010. He was placed on injured reserve after suffering a knee injury during a Week 4 loss to the Falcons.
Linebacker became an even bigger need for the Seahawks when David Hawthorne, a three-year starter and the team leader in tackles in each of the past three seasons, agreed to a five-year deal with the Saints last week.
Hill's deal means the Seahawks will return two-thirds of their starting linebackers. K.J. Wright, a fourth-round pick by the Seahawks, had a strong rookie season once he replaced Aaron Curry in the starting lineup.
The Seahawks have also added linebacker Barrett Ruud, agreeing to a one-year deal last week with the former Buccaneer and Titan.
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