Warrick Agrees to One-Year Deal With Seahawks

As first reported by ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli, former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Peter Warrick has signed a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks.

According to Pasquarelli, Warrick signed a contract worth $1.4 million, which includes a $500,000 signing bonus and a base salary of $900,000. However, Warrick can earn an additional $880,000 -- the difference between his deal with the Seahawks and the $2.28 million base salary that he was scheduled to make in Cincinnati -- through incentives. Warrick would earn $220,000 if he reaches 30 receptions in the 2005 season, with an additional $220,000 each for 40, 50 and 60 catches. It's likely that Warrick will return punts for the Seahawks as well.

Cincinnati’s first-round draft choice in 2000 (the fourth pick overall), the former Florida State Seminole played in 66 games with 55 starts for the Bengals, catching 264 passes for 2811 yards and 18 TDs. He also had 355 rushing yards on 52 attempts with two touchdowns and averaged 9.7 yards on 54 punt returns with two touchdowns.

His career year was 2003, when he grabbed 79 catches for 819 yards and 7 touchdowns.

Injuries have seriously derailed Warrick’s NFL ascent. He suffered a knee injury late in the 2003 season, and was put on injured reserve in September of 2004 with a broken fibula. He was still recovering through training camp this year, and had appeared in only one of Cincy’s three preseason games. But he did pass Seattle's physical on Wednesday.

According to several reports, Warrick asked the team to waive him in the first round of cuts if they did not see a future with him. Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, for his part, had hinted that Warrick may not have been as diligent in his off-season rehab as the club would have liked.

He is known as a quick as opposed to fast player who will run tight routes and pick up yards after the catch. If he’s healthy, Warrick would seem to be the sort of receiver who would thrive in Seattle’s West Coast Offense. His talents have generally led to more success as a slot receiver.

Three of the Seahawks’ roster spots at wide receiver have already been determined - Darrell Jackson and Bobby Engram will start as they did last year (with Engram moving outside from the slot), and Mike Holmgren has said that he will hold a spot for injured WR Alex Bannister due to Bannister’s special teams expertise.

Former Tampa Bay possession receiver Joe Jurevicius, former New Orleans speed merchant Jerome Pathon and youngsters D.J. Hackett and Jerheme Urban all find themselves in the mix. Jurevicius has all but guaranteed himself a spot with his sure hands and veteran savvy. Pathon signed a three-year deal with Seattle in April, but some have speculated that Holmgren isn’t convinced that Pathon is of starting caliber. Hackett has passed Urban, by most accounts, for a backup role.


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