The Five Best Seattle Seahawks Contracts in 2016

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Jordan Hill

(2016 Cap hit = $831,035 in final year of current deal)

Sep 27, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Jordan Hill (97) tackles Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (22) during the second quarter during a game at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks won 26-0. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Hill would be higher on this list if he could just improve one part of his game: availability. Because, as we all know, availability is the best ability. In this his third year, he has already missed three games after suiting up for only three in his rookie year (2013) and 14 last year. Various injuries have prevented him from taking more steps toward stardom, and are something he’ll need to conquer if he is to continue his career in Seattle beyond 2016.

Having said this, Hill has flashed as a pass rusher from the interior, a real sore spot for the team when he’s not playing, and even improved his once-cringeworthy run defense this year to the tune of three “stuffs” in limited action – something he only had one of in his first two seasons combined. However, his ability to collapse pockets was sorely missed in each game the Seahawks gave away in the fourth quarter earlier this year, and especially in Super Bowl 49.

While the sacks haven’t yet come in 2015, last year was a breakthrough for Hill as he registered 5.5 of them from his 3-tech position and generally made life miserable for opposing quarterbacks on passing downs. Assuming he’s now healthy and ready to get back to his quarterback-hunting ways, Hill’s performance in the second half of the schedule could have a major effect on the team’s overall record. He is a significant contributor with a cap hit of less than a million dollars next year.