The Seattle Seahawks announced Friday they have reached contract agreements with rookie offensive tackle James Carpenter, their top pick in the 2011 NFL draft, and veteran linebacker Leroy Hill.
The Seahawks selected Carpenter with the 25th pick in the first round of the NFL draft. He played at the University of Alabama. Seattle now has eight of nine draft picks signed, the lone remaining unsigned pick being third-round selection John Moffitt.
The agreement with Hill came as somewhat of a surprise. The Seahawks restructured Hill’s contract last season, allowing him to become a free agent this year. That led to speculation his career in Seattle was over.
Hill, who missed most of last season with an Achilles’ injury, has played his entire NFL career with the Seahawks. He was the team’s third-round pick in the 2005 draft.
Seattle also announced it has released offensive linemen Stacy Andrews and Chris White, defensive tackle Barrett Moen, linebacker Joe Pawelek and defensive back James Brindley.
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