Locklear and Seahawks agree to terms

ESPN reported earlier today that the Seahawks and RT Sean Locklear have agreed to a five-year, $32 million dollar deal that will keep the talented lineman in Seattle. Locklear had been expected to command big money on the free agent market this spring, but he decided to stay with the team he was drafted by in 2004.

When Locklear arrived in Seattle, it was expected he would play inside at one of the guard positions, but he was able to settle in to the right tackle position as a second-year player in 2005 and started in the Super Bowl for the Seahawks.

Locklear, who is only 26, would have hit the free agent market with the rest of the free agents throughout the league on February 29th had he not agreed to the terms of the deal that also include $12 million in bonuses.

There was some thought that the Seahawks would use their franchise tag on the former North Carolina State standout, but that option went away when the team named CB Marcus Trufant as their franchise player.

Locklear has appeared in 59 games and started 42 of those during his four-year career.

Besides Locklear and Trufant, Seattle still has to figure out the status of K Josh Brown, who was their franchise player in 2007, and WR D.J. Hackett who has been a valuable contributor when healthy the past three seasons.

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