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Thursday, September 01, 2005

Seahawks Sign Warrick to 1-Year Deal



From Danny O'Neil at the Seattle P-I:

When the Seahawks got a chance to make an upgrade at wide receiver on Wednesday, they grabbed hold of it.

In fact, they didn't let Peter Warrick leave the team's headquarters until reaching an agreement on a one-year contract.

The deal won't be signed until today, and Warrick will be introduced by the team after the walk-through preparation for Friday's preseason finale. Seattle will have to make a roster move to clear a spot for Warrick.

Warrick was acquired to play slot receiver and also return punts. He was waived on Tuesday by Cincinnati, the team that chose him with the No. 4 choice in the 2000 draft.

He caught a career-high 79 passes two years ago, but was injured most of last season and was recovering from offseason knee surgery during training camp.

Coach Mike Holmgren answered questions after Seattle's practice on Wednesday, and while the team had not yet reached an agreement with Warrick at the time, Holmgren explained why the Seahawks had taken an interest.

"If a guy becomes available the caliber of Peter Warrick, I think we're going to bring him in, look at him, talk to him," Holmgren said.

The Seahawks gave him a physical examination, kicking the tires, so to speak, on a player who missed 12 games last season with leg and knee injuries. He underwent offseason surgery on his knee and had played in only one of the Bengals' three preseason games.

And then Seattle signed Warrick to a one-year deal. ESPN.com reported that Warrick's contract is for $1.4 million, which includes a $500,000 signing bonus. There also are incentives that could take the package past $2 million depending on the number of passes he catches.

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