Seahawks Agree To Terms With Rookie Trio
The Seattle Seahawks have agreed terms with three rookies selected in the 2009 draft.
Courtney Greene, Mike Teel and Nick Reed have all signed four year contracts.
Rutgers' safety Greene was the first to sign, agreeing a deal worth $1.8 million with a $43,000 signing bonus.
Taken No. 245 overall, the 6'0", 205 pound rookie was named an All Big-East selection as a senior after registering 87 total tackles, two interceptions and a sack.
He started 51 games for the Scarlet Knights, taking seven picks and played a leading role in helping his team win the Papajohns.com Bowl this year with a further interception in a 29-24 victory over North Carolina State.
Greene enters training camp hoping to secure a roster spot.
He's unlikely to uproot current starters Deon Grant or Brian Russell, but is certainly one for the future.
Former Rutgers teammate Mike Teel was the next to agree terms.
Taken in the sixth round (No. 178 overall), the 6'4" quarterback has signed a contract for an undisclosed amount.
As a three year starter, he became the teams all-time passing leader with 9,383 yards and 59 touchdowns.
Teel endured an eventful senior campaign in 2008.
After beginning the year throwing seven interceptions in his first six games, he courted controversy after appearing to punch teammate Glen Lee in a Week Three defeat to Navy.
Showing the kind of determination the Seahawks clearly admired, he kept his starting job and led the Scarlet Knights to an impressive revival, winning his last seven games with a 22-6 TD/INT ratio.
Teel enters camp challenging Jeff Rowe for the third QB slot.
The rookie should have an advantage considering the team recently spent a draft pick to acquire his services.
He'll hope to follow in the foot steps of another former sixth round pick and make it big in the NFL—current Seahawks starter Matt Hasselbeck.
Nick Reed is the final rookie in this trio to sign up before camp.
Terms have not been disclosed as of yet, but Reed will receive a $41,500 signing bonus.
Drafted No. 247 overall with a compensatory seventh round pick, Reed is often described as under sized—listed at just 6'1" and 245 pounds.
He belittled that label with some big performances in the Pac 10, totalling 25 sacks in his last two seasons.
His 29.5 total career sacks is an Oregon school record and ranks fourth in Pac 10 history.
A first team All-American in 2008, Reed was also named All-Pac 10 twice (2007, 2008) and received two further nominations for First team Academic All-America honors in 2007 and 2008.
Reed will need to impress during camp to secure a roster spot.
The Seahawks are well set at defensive end and the former Duck will hope to earn a place on special teams.
Seattle has four remaining unsigned rookies.
Aaron Curry (No. 4 overall), Max Unger (No. 49 overall), Deon Butler (No. 91 overall) and Cameron Morrah (No. 248 overall) are yet to agree terms.
Curry will obviously be the hardest to secure.
The former Wake Forest linebacker is expected to agree a similar deal, with negotiations likely to continue right up until training camp.
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