Brian Bosworth $11 Million Contract with Seahawks
Brian Bosworth $11 Million Contract with Seahawks, Brian Bosworth signed an $11 million, 10-year contract package with Seattle on Friday, joining a team he once said he wouldn’t play for and giving the Seahawks an added boost into the upper rank of National Football League contenders.
“I’m ecstatic about being in Seattle,” Bosworth told a packed news conference after the signing. “I’m excited about this opportunity. A childhood dream has come true today. Now it’s time to get down to work.”
The signing capped negotiations that began June 12, when the Seahawks won the right to draft the All-America linebacker from Oklahoma in the NFL’s supplemental draft.
He brings to the Seahawks, who missed the playoffs last season despite finishing with five straight wins and a 10-6 record, the potential to be a dominating force inside. Bosworth joins a linebacking corps that already includes Pro Bowler Fredd Young and two promising rookies – Tony Woods and Dave Wyman, the team’s first two picks in the regular draft.
But Bosworth downplayed any immediate contribution he might make.
“I have a lot of catching up to do before I make any kind of bold statements,” he said. “It’ll take a while to get in football shape. I’m way behind. I’m in shape running-wise and lifting-wise, but I’m not in football shape.”
Bosworth’s deal, a series of 10 one-year contracts, reportedly includes a $2.5 million signing bonus that would pay him $500,000 immediately and distribute $500,000 payments each year from 1997 to 2000. His yearly salaries would start at $300,000 and would go up in $100,000 increments until 1996, when he would receive $1.2 million.
The package makes Bosworth the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL.
Curt Warner, who signed a $5.21 million, five-year deal in the off-season, is currently the highest-paid Seahawk.