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Franchise Moves: Revisiting the Steve Hutchinson Debacle

Published by on April 30, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NFL

Tim Ruskell's recent controversial handling of his linebacking corps has brought back memories of his worst move as the Seattle Seahawks' president: failing to use the franchise tag on All-Pro guard Steve Hutchinson in 2006.

Ruskell's decision to remove the $8.3 million franchise tag from linebacker Leroy Hill last weekend has some scratching their heads, but it's not as big of a "he did what?!?" as when Ruskell chose to use the transition tag instead of the franchise tag on Hutch three years ago.

The Hill move was motivated by the same ideal that led Ruskell to not use the tag on Hutch: Ruskell doesn't want to start negotiations that high. He's right about Hill's value, but he was quite wrong about Hutch.

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