Seahawks Agree to Terms With Herring

Auburn LB Will Herring, Seattle's 2007 fifth-round pick (161st overall), has agreed to terms with the Seahawks on his rookie contract. Herring joins fourth-round guard Mansfield Wrotto as the team's two official rookie signings at this time.

The deal is for four years, and Scout.com's Adam Caplan tells us that Herring will receive minimum base salaries of $285,000, $370,000, $460,000, and $550,000 He'll also receive a signing bonus of approximately $163,000.

At 6'2" and 229 pounds, Herring would seem to be an unknown as far as position. He could (and most likely will) play special teams, he could bulk up, or he could wind up switching positions as a backup. It is well known that the Seahawks were looking at linebacker-to-safety prospects at the Combine – they talked to at least Juwan Simpson from Alabama about that – and Herring could be that kind of player. There isn't the size to move to the NFL as a linebacker just yet, even for the Seahawks, a team that values smaller defensive players at specific positions.

"I had the Seahawks about number 17 or 18 on my list of teams that I thought were interested in me," Herring told Inside the Auburn Tigers soon after he was drafted. "About 20 teams had contacted me and they were one of them, but they had just called to verify my phone number.

"There were probably about 10 teams I talked to more than just one time," Herring said. "I never really saw it coming, but I am glad to be a Seahawk."

Herring played free safety at Auburn until his senior year, when the move was made to right outside linebacker. According to Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com's senior analyst, the Seahawks want Herring to stay at linebacker. This would put Herring in the background with Seattle's excellent starting three of Lofa Tatupu, Julian Peterson and Leroy Hill.

"I think it worked out for the best," Herring says of the position change in his senior year. "It was something I wasn't sure about going into last year, but (Auburn defensive coordinator Muschamp suggested it to me and in order to do what the team needed I think it worked out."

Herring notes there was an adjustment period from safety to linebacker, but says he made progress during the season. "I felt like a different player toward the end of the season just from my instincts and getting comfortable at the new position,"

The Seahawks have the following draftees left to sign: Second-round CB Josh Wilson of Maryland; third-round DT Brandon Mebane of Cal, fourth-round DE Baraka Atkins of Miami, sixth-round wide receivers Courtney Taylor of Auburn and Jordan Kent of Oregon; and seventh-round guard Steve Vallos of Wake Forest.

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