December 19, 2014
The Detroit Lions need linebackers, and the Seattle Seahawks had one to spare.
Detroit acquired Pro Bowl linebacker Julian Peterson on Saturday
from the Seattle Seahawks for defensive tackle Cory Redding and a
fifth-round pick in next month's NFL draft. Both players must pass
physicals to complete the trade.
Seattle gave Peterson a $54 million, seven-year contract three
years ago after their Super Bowl appearance in Detroit. Peterson
became an expensive asset because linebacker Leroy Hill got $8.4
million guaranteed this year with a franchise tag and Lofa Tatupu
signed a $42 million contract last season.
During its winless season, the lack talent at linebacker was one
of Detroit's glaring problems.