Seahawks ink Dilfer

Posted: Sunday, March 03, 2002

KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) -- The Seattle Seahawks have signed Trent Dilfer to a four-year deal and will make him their No. 1 quarterback heading into training camp.

The Seahawks reached agreement with Dilfer on Friday night. Coach and general manager Mike Holmgren planned to inform 2001 starter Matt Hasselbeck of the news Saturday.

Dilfer's agent, Mike Sullivan, confirmed the contract Saturday. Dilfer received a $4 million signing bonus and will make a base salary of $750,000 to play quarterback this season.

He will also make a base salary of $750,000 in 2003, and $1.25 million each in 2004 and 2005, though incentives could boost his income in those three seasons.

The incentives are based on the team winning 10 games, Dilfer compiling a passing rating of 85.0 or higher and him taking 75 percent of the snaps.

The News Tribune of Tacoma first reported the deal on its Web site Saturday morning.

''Trent earned the right to try and get this thing done,'' Holmgren told the newspaper.

''The consistency at the quarterback position hasn't been what I've wanted the last three years, and even at that we were able to win nine games a couple of those years.''

Dilfer compiled a 4-0 record as a starter after Hasselbeck was injured last season, guiding Seattle to a 9-7 record that nearly vaulted them into the playoffs.

''He's very excited. His goal was to get the chance to be the starter in Seattle,'' Sullivan said. ''He loves those guys up there and the opportunity to play with them again is fantastic.''

Holmgren had said he would decide on his starter sometime during the offseason.

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