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Wednesday, March 22, 2006 - Page updated at 12:00 AM



Notebook: Peterson will get $11.5 million to sign with Seahawks

Seattle Times staff reporter

Julian Peterson and his agent are just waiting for the paperwork.

As soon as it arrives and is reviewed, Peterson will sign his seven-year, $54 million contract and officially become a Seahawk.

Kevin Poston, Peterson's agent, confirmed the deal's terms Tuesday morning. Peterson gets $18.5 million in guaranteed money, $11.5 million of that as a signing bonus. He'll make $23.5 million over the first three years of the contract.

Poston said the deal began to take shape early Monday morning while the Seahawks contemplated whether to match the Minnesota Vikings' contract offer for left guard Steve Hutchinson. By late that night, Hutchinson was gone. And after Poston spoke to Peterson and his family around 9 p.m., Peterson agreed to the Seahawks' offer.

Peterson, a two-time Pro Bowl linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers, visited the Seahawks last week. He canceled a visit to the Miami Dolphins while he considered the Seahawks' offer.

"They were very interested, and I went out there, and it just went well," Peterson told Sirius NFL Radio on Tuesday. "Everything went smoothly. It felt like my rookie year all over again as far as the atmosphere — a very nice professional way about doing things — and I appreciated that. And I'm used to being in an environment like that, so it was great."

Peterson, 27, has 21 sacks in his six-year career and is one of the NFL's more versatile defenders. He has played inside and outside linebacker, rush end and defensive back.

Speed is his trademark, and a healthy Peterson could give the Seahawks a premier playmaker on a young defense. The Seahawks figure to go into the 2006 season with Peterson and second-year players Lofa Tatupu, a Pro Bowler, and Leroy Hill at linebacker.

"They have the pieces in every department," Peterson said. "They have great cornerbacks, good safeties and a heck of a D-line. And they have some young talent at linebacker, so this will be a perfect fit. Everybody does their role. ... Nobody is bigger than the next player."


• The Seahawks are out of the running for former New York Jets DE John Abraham. Seattle offered to trade its first-round pick in this year's draft for Abraham, the Jets' franchise player, but the Atlanta Falcons acquired Abraham in a three-way trade involving the Denver Broncos. The Broncos got the Falcons' first-round pick (15th overall) and the Jets got Denver's first-round pick (29th overall) as part of the deal.

• Defensive end Joe Tafoya was expected to re-sign with the Seahawks as soon as today. Tafoya recently had surgery on his right shoulder but figures to be ready for training camp this summer. Tafoya had a sack and 15 special-teams tackles for Seattle in 2005.

• The Seahawks also reportedly have agreed on a new deal with Kevin Bentley, who played a key role as a nickel linebacker last season.

Marc Boerigter, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound wide receiver who has spent all of his four NFL seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, was at team headquarters in Kirkland for a visit Monday.

• Miami FS Lance Schulters reportedly was to visit the Seahawks today.

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