(UPDATE: ESPN is reporting that Hill has agreed to a six-year, $38 million dollar contract. It includes $15.5 million in guarantees, which John Clayton reports Hill will keep even if he were to be suspended for an off-field incident.)
The Seahawks removed the tag after using the 4th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft on Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry.
Seahawks president Tim Ruskell and Jim Mora have both indicated that removing the tag, while a bit of a gamble, was done to expedite negotiations on a long-term deal, something both sides hoped to accomplish this off-season.
Hill, 26, has started 50 of 56 games since the Seahawks selected him with the 98th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft.
During his four-year career, Hill has made 321 tackles and registered 13.5 sacks, including 7.5 in 2005, which was 3rd among NFL rookies. In seven career post-season games, Hill has 54 tackles and 2.0 quarterback sacks.
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