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March 21, 2008 1:11 PM

Lofa Tatupu's extension

Posted by Danny O'Neil

The press conference just concluded to announce Lofa Tatupu's contract extension. The final two years of his rookie deal were torn up. He's now under contract through 2015. The new contract is believed to total about $42 million with Tatupu guaranteed to receive $18 million of that total.

At first glance, it's believed to be one of the three biggest contracts ever for a middle linebacker. [Ed. note: An earlier reference to it being comparable to Brian Urlacher's contract was removed. The similarity came in the timing of the new contract.]

Four players restructured their contracts to facilitate the signing since the Seahawks are tight up against the salary cap. Craig Terrill, Patrick Kerney, Deon Grant and Jordan Babineaux restructured their deals. I'll post audio clips from the interview in a little bit.

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Posted by pattapit

1:26 PM, Mar 21, 2008

BOOOYAH!!!!!


so great!

Posted by Jeff

1:37 PM, Mar 21, 2008

Wow, not only did they sign him early, they had players restructure? They haven't done that type of negotiating in a very long time.

Posted by duce duce

1:38 PM, Mar 21, 2008

Other players need to take note from Terrill, Kerney, Grant, and Babs and help the team out. Way to go guys. Way to step up and be leaders. Thats what it takes to be champions. Go Hawks!

Posted by Keith C

1:57 PM, Mar 21, 2008

Wow, this is cool. The hawks love keeping their core guys. Franchise players are awesome. I'm excited for him and the team. Him and Hasselbeck are the 2 leaders.

Posted by No.12

2:08 PM, Mar 21, 2008

Great to see other members of the "D" helping facilitate the deal, shows a lot of camaraderie.

I guess Lofa doesn't have any hangups with being a "prisoner to the bussinessman," unlike some other conceited kickers...

Posted by BT

2:11 PM, Mar 21, 2008

I've also heard that Lofa took a discount on his salary so the Hawks have a more room to negotiate with Leroy Hill's extension and Marcus Trufant's contract. That's a real Hawk! Go Lofa!

Posted by zach

6:22 PM, Mar 21, 2008

BOOYAH #2 LOL

Posted by Leif Long

9:39 PM, Mar 21, 2008

wow great news and lofa should b the highest paid linebacker in NFL history and he takes a smaller deal becuz he isnt greedy....now i gv respect to tht...great job getting him locked up long term and gv it up to the guys who restrcutred there contracts to keep him in a seattle uni...now the hawks shoudl either sign or trade tru so they cn get more money either way so they can gv leroy hill the contract he deserves to

Posted by Ckwak

9:51 PM, Mar 21, 2008

I think Alexander can learn from this...that class of players really make the class of the organization. I wonder what he's thinking after four super stars restructured their contracts to lock in Lofa...and Lofa working his contract to try to help lock down Hill and Trufant.

C'mon Shaun...show some class.

Posted by Chad

2:12 PM, Mar 26, 2008

Why should Shaun Alexander do squat when he's going to be cut June 1? Alexander has been a great RB...a MVP...and is close to being a Hall of Fame calibre guy (check out where he ranks on the rushing TD and rushing yardage all-time rankings). I think it's best for SA to part ways with the seahawks and put in a couple of solid seasons in the twilight of his career maybe closer to home with the Titans or somebody like that. I certainly will not knock the Seahawks' greatest RB ever.

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