Seahawks sign Justin Britt to three-year extension

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RENTON -- The Seahawks signed center Justin Britt to a three-year extension on Thursday worth a reported $27 million.

The Seahawks did not release terms of the agreement, but Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network reported the deal has $5 million fully guaranteed (likely in a signing bonus) and an additional $15 million guaranteed for injury only. He is now under contract through the 2020 season.

Britt becomes the first offensive lineman drafted by Pete Carroll and John Schneider to earn a second contract with the team.

"He has been a fantastic leader for us up there," Carroll said before the deal was fully completed. "He had an excellent season and played three spots and started at tackle, guard and center now. We really think he is in the best spot for him. I think it’s a recognition and acknowledgement of the player and teammate he has become for us."

Britt was a second-round pick of the Seahawks in 2014 and began his career at right tackle, starting 16 games as a rookie. With multiple options failing to take hold of the left guard spot in training camp in 2015, Britt was moved to guard and started all 16 games there before being moved again to center last season.

Britt was a Pro Bowl alternate last season in his first year at center.

"It is a statement and we want to make sure and take care of these guys," Carroll said. "Justin has done everything we needed him too. He has been a great  teammate and if this comes to pass, I am thrilled we are able to reward him. He is very much in line with all of the things we have done in the past and it just happens to go right through that spot and right in the center of it all. I’m fired up about that."

The Seahawks were able to get the deal done shortly after practice. The team has managed to sign defensive end Michael Bennett, safety Kam Chancellor and Britt to extensions since last December.


Photo Credit: SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 16:  Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle  Seahawks takes warmup snaps with teammate center Justin Britt #68 before  facing the Atlanta Falcons at CenturyLink Field on October 16, 2016 in  Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

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