Inside the Seahawks Rookie Deals

Brian McIntyre of NorthwestFootball.net takes you inside the contracts signed by the Seattle Seahawks 2009 draft class.

Here's an inside look at the rookie contracts signed by the 2009 Seattle Seahawks draft class.

Player: Aaron Curry
Pos: LB
Round: 1
Pick: 4
Overview: 6-years, $48.068M low max; $60.068M total max
Signing bonus: $0
Guaranteed: $34.01M
2009 cap number: $2.725M

Curry has a base salary of $2M this season and received a fully guaranteed $725K roster bonus in August, resulting in his $2.725M cap number for 2009.

From 2010-14, Curry is due to make $20.8325M in base salary, though once the Seahawks exercise a $15.056M option in 2010 (prorated from 2010-14), those base salaries reduce to $395,000 (2010), $1,076,250 (2011), $1,757,500 (2012), $2,438,750 (2013), and $3,120,000 (2014). Once that option is exercised, his base salaries in 2010-12 are 100% guaranteed, with his 2013-14 base salaries guaranteed for injury only. The 2013-14 guarantees void if Curry triggers a very attainable $5M one-time roster bonus, which he'll most assuredly do.

Through playing time incentives and team qualifiers, the $8.7875M in base salary from above can increase to just under $37 million dollars, with $8M of the base salary escalations fully guaranteed.

Player: Max Unger
Pos: C
Round: 2
Pick: 17
Overview: 4-years, $3.685M
Signing bonus: $1.45M
Guaranteed: $1.935M
2009 cap number: $672,500

Base salaries
2009: $310,000
2010: $395,000
2011: $480,000
2012: $565,000

$485K of Unger's 2012 base salary is guaranteed for injury, though that voids if a $485K one-time NLTBE is earned, which he can do by meeting minimal playing time requirements and a team qualifier.

Player: Deon Butler
Pos: WR
Round: 3
Pick: 27
Overview: 4-years, $1.864M
Signing bonus: $114,250
2009 cap number: $480,188

Base salaries
2009: $310,000
2010: $395,000
2011: $480,000
2012: $565,000

2012 base salary can increase to the low restricted free agent (RFA) tender or $1.308 million dollars through playing-time escalators and team qualifiers.

Player: Mike Teel
Pos: QB
Round: 6
Pick: 5
Overview: 4-years, $1.864M
Signing bonus: $114,250
2009 cap number: $338,563

Base salaries
2009: $310,000
2010: $395,000
2011: $480,000
2012: $565,000

2012 base salary can increase to low RFA tender or $1.308 million dollars through playing-time escalators and team qualifiers.

Player: Courtney Greene
Pos: S
Round: 7
Pick: 36
Overview: 4-years, $1.792M
Signing bonus: $42,650
2009 cap number: $42,650

Waived 9/5

Player: Nick Reed
Pos: DE
Round: 7
Pick: 38
Overview: 4-years, $1.791M
Signing bonus: $41,610
2009 cap number: $320,403

Base salaries
2009: $310,000
2010: $395,000
2011: $480,000
2012: $565,000

2012 base salary can increase to low RFA tender or $1.308 million dollars through playing-time escalators and team qualifiers.

Player: Cameron Morrah
Pos: TE
Round: 7
Pick: 39
Overview: 4-years, $1.79M
Signing bonus: $40,550
2009 cap number: $320,138

Base salaries
2009: $310,000
2010: $395,000
2011: $480,000
2012: $565,000

2012 base salary can increase to low RFA tender or $1.308 million dollars through playing-time escalators and team qualifiers.


In addition to writing for NorthwestFootball.net, Brian McIntyre blogs daily at Mac's Football Blog and writes for FalconInsider.com on the Scout network. If you'd like to e-mail Brian, you may do so by clicking here.

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