The Seahawks and Mike Morgan agreed to terms on a new contract Saturday, keeping the linebacker and special teams standout in the city where he has spent his entire NFL career.
Morgan, who first joined the team as an undrafted free agent in 2011, has spent almost an entire decade playing for Pete Carroll-coached teams, first at USC from 2006-2009, and then for five seasons in Seattle.
Morgan started two games last season at strongside linebacker and recorded 17 tackles and one sack on defense, but his biggest contributions to date have come as a key contributor on multiple special teams units, appearing in all but two games over the past four seasons. In 2014, Morgan scored a touchdown on special teams, returning a Doug Baldwin blocked punt 25 yards against the Dallas Cowboys in a Week 6.
"He's as dyed in the wool as you can get," Carroll said last season. "He's been with us for so long, and he's always been a terrific team member. He has the flexibility to play all the spots, everything makes sense to him. He's also a very good teammate in terms of helping his other guys around him understand, learn, and what we expect and all of that. He's been a great player for us for a long time, and we've been very lucky to have him."
In addition to again having a big role on special teams, Morgan figures to factor into the competition for playing time at strongside linebacker with Bruce Irvin leaving in free agency.