Thoughts on Leroy Hill's return to Seattle

The Seattle Seahawks wanted to keep linebacker Will Herring, but they weren't willing to pay starter-caliber money for him.

As a result, Herring reached agreement with the New Orleans Saints.

With Herring gone and questions at linebacker lingering already, the Seahawks have been considering their options, from Minnesota's Ben Leber to other veterans on the market. One nearly forgotten name: Leroy Hill.

Hill, Seattle's sometimes-troubled former franchise player, is returning to the team. The Seahawks announced that move along with a few others Thursday. (First-round pick James Carpenter also signed.) Bringing back Hill under a modest deal qualifies as a low-risk bet on a talented player facing what could be one final chance to revive his career.

Hill, 28, doesn't replace Herring in every way, particularly on special teams, and he isn't nearly as reliable. But he can be a violent hitter and starter-caliber player when healthy.