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Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - Page updated at 09:58 AM


Notebook: Peterson a signature away from being a Seahawk

Seattle Times staff

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 Seattle Seahawk.

Kevin Poston, Peterson's agent, confirmed the deal's terms this morning. Peterson gets $18.5 million in guaranteed money, $11.5 million of that as a signing bonus. He'll make $23.5 million total 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 last night, Hutchinson was gone and after Poston spoke to Peterson and his family sometime around midnight on the East Coast, Peterson agreed to the Seahawks' offer.

Peterson, a two-time Pro Bowl linebacker and franchise player for the San Francisco 49ers who started his career there in 2000, made a free agent visit to the Seahawks last week. He canceled a visit to the Miami Dolphins while he dwelled on the Seahawks' offer.

Peterson, 27, has 21 1/2 sacks in his career and is one of the NFL's more versatile defenders. He has played inside and outside linebacker, rush end and defensive back on the field.

A torn Achilles tendon forced him to miss all but five games in 2004, but the Seahawks seem convinced that Peterson is fully recovered from the injury. The 49ers had expressed the desire to keep Peterson but in the end decided not to do match Seattle's offer.

Meanwhile, Marc Boerigter, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound wide receiver who has spent all of his four NFL seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, is at team headquarters in Kirkland for a free agent visit today. Boerigter's best season was his rookie campaign in 2002, when he played in all 16 regular-season games and caught 20 passes for 420 yards and eight touchdowns.

In other free-agent comings and goings this week, offensive tackle Tom Ashworth visited the Seahawks while Seattle running back Maurice Morris flew to Buffalo to see the Bills.

Ashworth, who won two Super Bowl rings with the New England Patriots, can play both tackle positions. The 6-foot-6, 305-pound player has started 30 games, mostly at right tackle.

Morris, a four-year veteran, also could visit Kansas City and Indianapolis. Behind Shaun Alexander last season, Morris rushed for a career-high 288 yards.

Abraham wants Atlanta

Jets defensive end John Abraham apparently has his mind set on playing for the Atlanta Falcons.

That could change if the Seahawks pony up a contract to Abraham's liking. The Falcons have a financial package in place but have offered just a second-round pick for the Jets' franchise player. The Seahawks have offered their first-rounder.

Abraham has said he would like to play closer to his South Carolina home.


• Wide receiver Tim Dwight was scheduled to be at Seahawks headquarters tonight.

• Receiver/return man Antonio Chatman, formerly of the Green Bay Packers, will not visit after agreeing to a two-year contract with the Cincinnati Bengals.

• The Seahawks also lost out on CB Will Allen, who chose to sign with the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

• Seahawks DT Rocky Bernard's three-year, $13 million deal includes a base salary of $600,000 in 2006, with a $2.4 million salary-cap number. Bernard has salaries of $3 million in 2007 and $4 million in 2008.

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