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The Seahawks have only one potential restricted free agent this offseason: linebacker Lance Laury. They have already informed him they do not plan to make a qualifying offer.
The decision means Laury will become an unrestricted free agent Friday.
Laury has been a special-teams player and backup linebacker. He occasionally made big hits on special teams, including one memorable block on then-Rams linebacker Isaiah Kacyvenski, but he was not consistently effective and the team had no plans to develop him as a linebacker.
The Seahawks' decision also reflects escalating pay scales. The minimum qualifying offer jumped to $1.01 million for 2009. That's how much Seattle would have to offer Laury for the right to match any offers he might have received from other teams. And that's how much Laury would have earned from the Seahawks if they had made the offer and kept him on the roster.
Teams have until Thursday to make qualifying offers for restricted free agents.