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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.

April 12, 2012 at 4:53 PM

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Seahawks bringing back Leroy Hill, Matt McCoy

Leroy Hill remains a Seahawk.

For the third time in four years, Hill entered the market as an unrestricted free agent and for the third consecutive year, the Seahawks brought him back.

Seattle announced it reached an agreement with Hill on a one-year contract. He also re-signed on a one-year deal in 2011.

Hill, 29, appeared in all 16 games last season for the first time in his seven NFL seasons. He finished with 89 total tackles, which was three off his career-high mark.

Seattle's plans at linebacker were one of the big unanswered questions this offseason. The team let middle linebacker David Hawthorne leave as a free agent, signing veteran Barrett Ruud after Hawthorne didn't accept the team's offer.

K.J. Wright is established as the team's strongside linebacker, but bringing back Hill gives Seattle a proven player at weakside linebacker.

Seattle also announced it had agreed to terms with Matt McCoy, a special-teams standout who was also playing a role as a nickel linebacker last year before suffering a season-ending knee injury.

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